CEDAR GROVE, NJ — Three men from New York were arrested Tuesday in connection with a number of ATM fraud incidents at area Santander Bank branches, including one in Cedar Grove.
Officers responded numerous times Tuesday to the Santander Bank located at 532 Pompton Ave. for suspicious activity. The first incident occurred in the early morning hours when an officer observed a suspicious BMW with New York license plates
leaving the bank parking lot. This vehicle was later involved in a theft from a bank branch located in Bloomfield.
A second incident was reported at 9:14 a.m. when the branch manager
reported four males acting suspicious around the ATM when he opened the bank. The subjects left prior to police arrival leaving behind a prepaid debit card. Officers responded back to the bank at 1:34 p.m. on a report of suspicious activity around the ATM. The manager reported that a subject had just left the ATM and entered a vehicle. He provided a description of the vehicle which was located and stopped.
A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of three males from New York. They were found to be in possession of multiple credit cards, a large quantity of cash
and more than 5 ounces of marijuana. They were all processed and released with a summons to appear in Superior Court. The incident appears to be connected to a widespread ATM scam that has occurred at numerous Santander Bank branches in the tri-state area.
The FBI is involved in the investigation, Cedar Grove police reported.