Bloomfield, NJ – On Monday, August 17, 2020 at approximately 11:15 p.m., Bloomfield police officers observed unusual activity at Santander Bank ATM machines located at 667 Bloomfield Avenue and 1027 Broad Street in town. On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, between the hours of 3:00 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., officers conducted multiple motor vehicle stops on vehicles whose occupants were observed attempting to access the ATM machines. After the officer’s investigation and no response from Santander Bank, all information was gathered and was forwarded to the Bloomfield Detective Bureau for further investigation. All were released from the bank parking lot.
On Tuesday August 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., Santander Bank Security Department called in suspicious activity and numerous individuals at their ATM machine at 667 Bloomfield Avenue. Upon police arrival, patrol officers located four individuals leaving the ATM machine in a hurry and walking towards a silver vehicle parked in the lot. Based off of recent fraudulent transactions at several Santander Banks that were occurring statewide, all four males were detained and identified.
After an investigation, four males were identified and will be charged with Credit Card Theft and Fraud. The investigation is active and ongoing and occurred in multiple jurisdictions in the state of New Jersey.