TEXARKANA, TEXAS – The Texarkana Texas Police Department said they arrested two men from Seattle Washington Monday for allegedly using homemade credit cards in an attempt to withdraw money form ATM’s. Police said 22-year old Tomas Abebe and 21-year old Urael Tedros from Seattle were apprehended and $6,000 in cash and a large number of the credit cards were confiscated.
Authorites said Officer Ben Thomes was dispatched to a suspicious person call at the Red River Federal Credit Union, located at 4401 Texas Blvd, at 1:10 a.m. on Monday. A representative of the credit union told police that two men in a silver vehicle were attempting to use multiple cards at the ATM. Polie said the officer arrived and discovered the vehicle was still at the drive up ATM.
Plice said as Thomes approached the vehicle and its two occupants, he noticed an overwhelming odor of marijuana. He then found multiple blank credit cards and cash inside the vehicle, police said. Police said that there was evidence that Abebe and Tedros had made several withdrawals from other area ATMs that same night. Police said that they beliebe that the bank account information had previously been obtained using skimmers in the Texarkana area and across the country. Both were arrested and transported to the Bi-State Jail.
Two men face multiple charges
Abebe and Tedros were charged with Forgery and Possession of Marijuana. Bond was set at $55,000 for each man. Tedros was released Tuesday afternoon after posting bond, but Abebe remains in custody at this time.