Highland Park police arrested four Chicago area men Sunday afternoon moments after seizing a skimming device used to steal bank account numbers from customers using the Chase Bank ATM near Skokie Valley and Lake-Cook roads.
Cmdr. Gerald Cameron reported that Krassimire Angeeov, 43, of Northfield; Dimitre G. Gueorguiev, 23, of Wilmette, Stephen Georgiev, 23, of Winnetka; and Asparouh Krouchovski, 32, of Schiller Park, appeared in bond court Tuesday facing felony burglary, identity theft and fraudulent use of electronic transmission charges.
Angeeov and Krouchovski also are accused of possessing stolen vehicles.
All four were transferred Tuesday to the custody of the Lake County Sheriff, Highland Park police said Thursday. They are next scheduled in court on Sept. 14 at the Lake County Court house in Waukegan.
Police believe the skimming device was placed on the automated teller machine in the lobby of the Chase Bank in the Crossroads Shopping Center on Sunday morning. Officers were at the scene around 4:20 p.m. later that day to make arrests when the subjects returned.
The U.S. Secret Service, FBI and ICE also are involved in the investigation, as the group is believed to have targeted other North Shore banks, possibly including an open Northbrook case from May.
“Investigators at this time believe these four individuals are part of a larger organized group that spans across the U.S.,” Cameron said.
“This is continuously evolving,” he added. “Numerous jurisdictions are interested in these people in custody.”
Several other skimming devices and a large quantity of cash were seized during the arrest.
Cameron said Chase Bank is reaching out to its customers who used the ATM during the hours the device was placed on the machine’s card reader; however, police don’t believe any account information was transferred off the device from Sunday’s case.
The partnering federal agencies credited Highland Park police for the arrests, Cameron said, as the department is one of the first agencies to have taken its suspects into custody at the bank and while they were allegedly in possession of the devices.
“It is our belief that no fraudulent transactions have been made as a result of the arrests on Sunday,” Cameron said.