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2 arrested in Md. ATM card skimming

COLUMBIA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two suspects were arrested in connection with an ATM card skimming device in Columbia, Md., Howard County Police said.

Police arrested Alin Tomescu, 35, of Baltimore, Md. and Viorel Tomulescu, 52, also of Baltimore, Md. They are both being charged with possessing a skimming device and conspiracy to commit theft, authorities said.

Tomescu was seen on Saturday morning at a SunTrust Bank ATM in the 8200 block of Snowden River Parkway with his face partially covered, authorities said. He ran away as an officer tried to make contact with him, police said. Police pursued the man and found Tomulescu who had been waiting nearby, authorities said.

A skimming device had recently been put on the ATM, authorities said. Police are not sure at this time if customers' information has been compromised.

Tomescu is being held at Howard County Detention Center with bail set at $25,000, authorities said.

Tomulescu has been released on his own recognizance.

It is not clear at this point if the two are related, authorities said.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, card skimming is a crime that involves installing

a device, which is often difficult to detect, that records account information when a card is swiped

at an ATM. Criminals then use the data to access the victim's bank account. These devices are

sometimes found at ATMs, gas pumps and other point of sale locations.