MIDTOWN — Scammers placed skimming devices on ATMs in four hospitals in the city from Aug. 1 through Nov. 1, and then made duplicate cards to steal $46,000 from at least 75 people, according to the NYPD and sources.
Police are looking to speak with Atanasiu Bogdan-Valentin, 36, and an unidentified man in connection with the robberies. The robbers used a false panel and pinhole camera to read victims' debit and credit card numbers, sources said.
The skimmers were placed in Memorial Sloan Kettering in the Upper East Side, New York Presbyterian Hospital on East 68th Street, New York Methodist Hospital in Park Slope and Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, according to the NYPD.
Bogdan-Valentin was involved with the Presbyterian skimmer, sources said, and has a federal warrant out on an unrelated skimming case. He has brown hair and brown eyes, police said.
The second man wanted for questioning was last seen wearing a green hat, green shirt, green jacket and dark-framed glasses.
It was not immediately clear if any other people were involved in the scheme.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.