Two arrested allegedly linked to major card skimming operation

POLICE THOUGHT THEY HAD SIMPLY PULLED OVER ANOTHER STOLEN CAR THEY HAD NO IDEA THEY WERE ABOUT TO HIT THE MOTHER LOAD OF I-D THEFT — AND A MAJOR CREDIT CARD SKIMMING OPERATION

HERE )S NEWS 13 )S REBECCA ATKINS — REBECCA JESSICA, POLICE FOUND TWO GUYS THEY BELIEVE WERE STEALING I-D )S AND MAKING THEIR OWN CREDIT CARDS THEY TRIED TO TALK THEIR WAY OUT OF IT WITH SOME REALLY FLIMSY EXCUSES 41:20 Officer: Take a couple steps to your left 41:22 IN EARLY APRIL ALBUQUERQUE POLICE PULL OVER A STOLEN CAR

THE DRIVER, JOSE MACHADO WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BUT THE MAN HE WAS FOLLOWING, STEFFEN ALLEN, ALSO PULLED OVER, NOT AT APD )S REQUEST 0:24 Officer: Step out 0:26 IN THE STOLEN 4-RUNNER OFFICERS FIND CARD READERS, BLANK CARDS WITH MISSING CHIPS, DEVICES TO REPRODUCE CARDS, AND A BOOKLET WITH HAND WRITTEN ENTRIES OF PEOPLE )S NAMES, AND ALL THEIR INFORMATION 10:31 Machado: I would want to have an attorney here

10:34 MACHADO ISN )T TALKING 24:53 Officer: Can you tell me about all those IDs and those scanners that you got in there? Allen: I didn )t even know that there was anything like that in there I swear

25:02 BUT ALLEN DENIES ANY CONNECTION TO WHAT OFFICERS FIND 26:25 Officer: So this Mastercard here? 10:26 26:37 Allen: Just a prepaid debit card 26:39 THEY SHOW HIM CARD AFTER CARD 30:08 Officer: And what about all these? With the chip removed here? 30:11 IN HIS JEANS, THEY FIND A CARD THAT DOESN )T BELONG TO HIM, BUT HE SAYS THEY )RE NOT HIS PANTS 28:06 Officer: Do you understand how that sounds, man? 28:08 THEY ALSO FIND APPS ON HIS LAPTOP FOR CARD READERS, AND ID SOFTWARE 52:05 Officer: What )s this instant ID? Allen: Hmm, I don )t know 52:10 HE SAYS SOMEONE PUT THE PROGRAMS ON HIS COMPUTER AND THE READERS IN HIS BACKPACK 49:15 Officer: So you have programs on there that you )ve never seen before? Allen: No

I )ve never seen these programs before 49:18 THE OFFICERS DON )T BUY ALLEN )S STORY FOR A SECOND 33:04 Officer One: Okay You understand that it )s very weird that somebody would just randomly put stuff in your bag Officer Two: And your pants! 33:10 THEY TRY TO GET HIM TO FESS UP

36:16 Officer: Unless you can start explaining stuff that makes sense you )re looking at a lot of felony charges 39:19 BUT ALLEN DIDN )T BUDGE 56:36 Officer: Put your hands behind your back

36:37 AND WAS CHARGED FOR THE CRIME THE POLICE DOCUMENTS DO NOT SAY WHERE THEYN SUSPECT THE MEN WERE PLANTING THOSE CARD SKIMMING DEVICES — OR HOW MANY IDENTITIES THEY MAY HAVE STOLEN JESSICA, BACK TO YOU OKAY REBECCA BOTH MEN ARE FACING CHARGES FOR FRAUDULENT POSSESSION OF CREDIT CARD MACHINERY

BOTH WERE LET OUT OF JAIL UNTIL TRIAL THERE )S NOW A WARRANT OUT FOR MACHADO )S ARREST BECAUSE HE FAILED TO SHOW UP TO A MEETING WITH THE COURTS AN EMOTIONAL DAY IN