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Secret Service Arrests Two in Lake Saint Louis Debit Card Scheme

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Vahe, Akopyan, one of two men arrested in an alleged debit card skimming scheme.

Vahe, Akopyan, one of two men arrested in an alleged debit card skimming scheme.

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LAKE SAINT LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Lake Saint Louis police announced Friday that federal authorities took two men into custody last week in connection with a string of debit card schemes.

Arman Simonyan and Vahe Akopyan, both from California, were arrested in Omaha, Nebraska last Friday by U.S. Secret Service agents working with the Lake Saint Louis Police Department and a dozen other local agencies.

The two men are accused of using a device to skim the debit card numbers of victims after the victims use their cards at ATMs.

According to Lake Saint Louis police, the pair had $140,000 in cash on them at the time of their arrest, along with gift cards and other evidence.

Lake Saint Louis police say a bank manager saw the two withdrawing money from an ATM and was able to give authorities an accurate description of the perpetrators.

“This is an example of how the cooperation between law enforcement and citizens can make a difference in bringing about justice to those who victimize the public,” Lake Saint Louis Police Chief Mike Force said in a news release.

U.S. Secret Service Agent Doug Roberts said in the release that the work by St. Louis-area law enforcement allowed them to catch Simonyan and Akopyan.

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