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Martinez Police Department
Wednesday March 3rd, 2010 :: 11:33 a.m. PST


Charges Filed – Identity Theft & Gas Pump Skimming.

This is an update for the continuing investigation related to the arrest of two subjects who are involved in the theft of credit and debit cards through the use of skimmers placed inside gas pumps.

On 03/02/10, the Martinez Police Department and the Benicia Police Department presented this case to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office. Based on this preliminary investigation, the suspects were charged with (32) counts of identity theft and (1) count of criminal conspiracy, as well as enhancements. It is expected the number of charges will rise as more victims come forward and after the seized skimmers are analyzed. Additionally, other police departments have yet to present their cases to the D.A.’s Office involving these individuals.

As of this date, (11) skimmers have been located from gas pumps in the cities of Sacramento, Benicia, Martinez, Livermore, Hayward, Oakland and San Mateo.

Both suspects, David Karapetyan and Zhirayr Zamanyan, are still in custody in the Contra Costa County Jail System and should be arraigned on 03/03/10.

The Martinez Police Department has also identified three additional persons involved in these crimes and warrants are anticipated in the next several days.

Martinez Police Department
525 Henrietta St
Martinez, CA 94553

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