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Debit machine thieves headed to Winnipeg: police

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Winnipeg police are issuing a warning to restaurants regarding portable debit machines.

The commercial crime unit believes two men involved in a rash of credit and debit card frauds in Brandon and Saskatchewan are headed for Winnipeg.

In previous incidents, the suspects visited restaurants and lounges that use portable debit terminals. As the employee is distracted during payment, the suspects swap out the original remote debit machine with a different portable machine stolen from another restaurant. The suspects then use the original keypad device to credit funds back onto debit or credit cards.

Police are searching for a 50- to 60-year-old white man with greying hair and missing teeth, along with an East-Indian or Asian man, approximately 30 years of age.

Police also ask businesses be mindful of their debit machines and to make sure they are properly stored away when not in use.

If you have information on the two men, please call investigators at 204-986-6231 or CrimeStoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

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