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Thousand Oaks Deputies Arrest Suspect for Unauthorized Access Card Scanning Device Used at Chase Bank
9/12/2013 9:50:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Fraudulent Placement of an Access Card Scanning Device Arrest

Report Number:

RB# 13-15371


Chase Bank, 1014 South Westlake Boulevard #22, Thousand Oaks, CA

Date & Time:

September 11, 2013 @ 11:10 AM

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Forgery & Fraud Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence



Sargsyan, Karen








In July 2013, Detectives with the Thousand Oaks Fraud & Forgery Unit began investigating the unauthorized placement of a scanning device on an ATM machine at Chase Bank in Thousand Oaks, CA.  On 09-11-13, the investigation concluded with the arrest of Karen Sargsyan.


Chase Bank notified detectives of the crime after the scanning device was found on one of their ATM machines on 06-30-13.  With the assistance of a bank investigator and information received from the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (R.E.A.C.T.), a law enforcement task force based out of Santa Clara County, Karen Sargsyan was identified as the suspect.


Detectives contacted Sargsyan, at his residence in Glendale, CA, and obtained evidence directly linking him to the crime.  He was arrested for fraudulent use of a card scanning device and possession of personal information for the purposes of identity theft. Sargsyan was booked into the Ventura County Jail with his bail set at $100,000 dollars pending his arraignment in Superior Court.


The Thousand Oaks Police Department would like to remind its residents to regularly check their bank account statements and to immediately report any unauthorized charges to their bank and police department.



Prepared by:

Sergeant Alan Hartkop


Media Release Date:

September 11, 2013


Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Sean Britt @ (805) 494-8232


Approved by:

Captain Mike Hartmann



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).