New charges filed against credit card skimmer suspects targeting the Western Pennsylvania region


More charges have been filed against two men from Romania in connection to skimming devices found in the Western Pennsylvania area. South Strabane Township police charged Constantin Colceag, 41, and Raul-Mihai Cojocaru, 40, with device fraud and conspiracy Wednesday. Skimming devices were previously found in Butler Township at the Sam’s Club in Moraine Point Plaza a few weeks ago. Another skimming device was found at the Sam’s Club in Frazier Township. This week, the charges were filed out of Washington County. According to a criminal complaint, South Strabane Township police were dispatched to the Sam’s Club in Trinity Point Shopping Plaza for a report of a discovered credit card skimmer device located on a self-check-out register. After watching video surveillance, police say they observed two men placing the skimming device onto the register on May 16 — four days prior to the discovery. Police discovered the suspects were using a rental car to travel to each store. The actors were taken into custody on May 20 while driving a gray Chevrolet Equinox bearing a New Jersey registration. The clothing the male actors were wearing was confirmed to be the same clothing description from both the Frazer Township and South Strabane Township incidents. Police also identified the actors using passports issued by Romania. Butler Township police also previously told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 the men were seen in surveillance video putting the skimmer at a self-checkout. On May 26, the two suspects were charged with access device fraud and conspiracy. The two men are currently being held in Allegheny County Jail for their initial charges filed in Frazier Township. Anyone who believes they fell victim to a credit card skimmer should contact the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office.

More charges have been filed against two men from Romania in connection to skimming devices found in the Western Pennsylvania area.

South Strabane Township police charged Constantin Colceag, 41, and Raul-Mihai Cojocaru, 40, with device fraud and conspiracy Wednesday.

Skimming devices were previously found in Butler Township at the Sam’s Club in Moraine Point Plaza a few weeks ago. Another skimming device was found at the Sam’s Club in Frazier Township.

This week, the charges were filed out of Washington County.

According to a criminal complaint, South Strabane Township police were dispatched to the Sam’s Club in Trinity Point Shopping Plaza for a report of a discovered credit card skimmer device located on a self-check-out register.

After watching video surveillance, police say they observed two men placing the skimming device onto the register on May 16 — four days prior to the discovery.

Police discovered the suspects were using a rental car to travel to each store. The actors were taken into custody on May 20 while driving a gray Chevrolet Equinox bearing a New Jersey registration. The clothing the male actors were wearing was confirmed to be the same clothing description from both the Frazer Township and South Strabane Township incidents.

Police also identified the actors using passports issued by Romania.

Butler Township police also previously told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 the men were seen in surveillance video putting the skimmer at a self-checkout.

On May 26, the two suspects were charged with access device fraud and conspiracy.

The two men are currently being held in Allegheny County Jail for their initial charges filed in Frazier Township.

Anyone who believes they fell victim to a credit card skimmer should contact the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office.

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