Supermarket Butcher Arrested For ATM ID Thefts

LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a former grocery store butcher in connection with a spate of ATM identity thefts at Lunardi's Supermarket in Los Gatos.

Los Gatos police says 37-year-old Raymond Kurt Fischer was booked Thursday night on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy.

Fischer is accused of defrauding 250 shoppers of about $300,000
in March and April when the customers had their identities stolen and money fraudulently withdrawn from their accounts.

Investigators say a debit-card-reading machine was swapped out with a device that collects a shopper's card number and personal information.

Cash withdrawals were reportedly made from ATMs in various Southern California cities.
Information from: San Jose Mercury News,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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