Two Chicago men pleaded guilty to placing a hidden camera on a Springdale ATM in an effort to steal bank card information.
Dimitar Angelov, 29, and Dimitar Kolev, 26, each pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to placing a device known as a
"skimmer" and a hidden camera on an ATM at a Springdale bank in an effort to steal
account information of customers.
Court documents state officers were called on Sept. 28 for two individuals sitting
in a car parked in a lot adjacent to a credit union ATM. The suspects were seen
individually walking to the ATM and returning back to the vehicle.
Authorities said Springdale
officers later approached the men and found evidence of possible credit card
fraud. Upon further investigation, law enforcement discovered the
skimming device and a pinhole camera attached to the ATM.
Springdale officers and Secret Service agents arrested
Angelov and Kolev on a federal complaint. They were indicted by a grand jury in October and have been in custody since their arrest.
The plea agreement includes a sentence of one year and one day
for each man. Prosecutors said they could face deportation to their native country,
Bulgaria, after serving their prison sentences.
Judge Barrett will schedule a
date for sentencing.