Three arrested on suspicion of skimming account information at local ATMs

Three people from Southern California were arrested Sunday in connection with a debit and credit card information theft scheme known as “skimming,” according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

The scam entailed planting covert micro-cameras and card readers at ATMs in order to steal information from unsuspecting ATM users. The information was used to make “clone” magnetic strips to use on credit cards. The cards were then used to withdraw cash from ATM.

San Luis Obispo police found out about the scheme on Jan. 13 when Chase Bank investigators notified the department that about 100 cards had been copied and $58,000 had been lost from a Chase Bank branch at 445 Madonna Road.

Three days later, San Luis Obispo and Atascadero police arrested three suspects at an ATM in Atascadero. Santiago Alcantar, 35, of Bell Gardens; Genea M. Antoine, 37, of Valencia; and Anthony P. Garcia, 28, of Bassett were arrested on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy, possession of skimmer equipment and possession of fraudulent credit card numbers. All three were booked into County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.