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Suspect arrested trying to skim credit card info

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A 21-year-old Quebec man was arrested Friday when police uncovered a skimming scheme being carried out by the man and at least two accomplices allegedly involved in stealing a debit machine at a local restaurant.

Police had responded to a call from a restaurant in the 1400 block of McPhillips Street regarding the theft of a debit machine. Officers chased down the male suspect on foot while two other men ran off.

An investigation by the Commercial Crime Unit revealed that the male suspect was involved in  stealing credit card data by skimming from the debit machine.

Officers determined the three men were at a restaurant on Thursday night to get the scheme started. While distracting the restaurant employee, the suspects stole the debit machine and replaced it with a non-functioning one.

After modifying the actual debit machine overnight to record debit and credit information, the suspects returned to the restaurant on Friday to make the switch.

Police said the men were in the process of replacing the modified debit machine when they were discovered. A vehicle associated with the group was located in the area and a fake debit machine was found inside.

Elia Yazigi has been charged with theft under $5,000 and possession of instruments for forging credit cards and he remains in custody.

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