Deputies catch three men suspected of tampering with ATM

Published: Monday, February 18, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 18, 2013 at 12:10 p.m.

Police have apprehended three men suspected of tampering Monday morning with an ATM at the Jonesville Publix location.

Alachua County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Todd Kelly said someone called police around 9:40 a.m. about three white males “possibly putting on or taking off a skimmer device” at an ATM in front of the store.

Deputies responded to the call and got behind a beige Dodge Caravan near the 9800 block of Newberry Road, Kelly said. When deputies tried to stop the car -- near the Jiffy Lube at 7531 West Newberry Road -- the three men ran.

Two of the men were apprehended quickly, but one ran into a nearby clothing store.

He drew customers’ attention because he was “huffing and puffing,” Kelly said, and might have fallen because he had some blood on him.

A deputy and a K-9 walked into the store, and the man gave up. He had ditched his jacket, Kelly said, and was trying to change his shoes.

All three men told deputies they did not speak English and claimed to be of Romanian descent, and Kelly said they might be part of a larger ring of criminals who travel up and down the Interstate 75 corridor, targeting businesses near the highway exits. Deputies were on scene with the individuals and attempting to locate a translator, Kelly said.

The men’s names have not yet been released.

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