UPDATE: Two Arrested In West Des Moines Skimmer Case
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UPDATE: West Des Moines Police Arrest Two In Connection with Skimmer Case
On October 5, 2018 Evaldo Cardozo Da Silva and Jamily Silva Sousa each plead guilty to Ongoing Criminal Conduct, a class B felony, in Polk County District Court. Both received the maximum sentence under Iowa law – a term not to exceed twenty-five (25) years.
In May of 2018, the West Des Moines Police Department began an investigation after finding a skimming device on an ATM at a West Des Moines convenience store. Detectives located information identifying more than 30 victims, dozens of skimmers, and two suspects. Working with banks and police officers in several cities across two states, detectives learned the defendants used skimmed information to forge credit cards then withdrew hundreds of thousands of dollars from ATMs. Da Silva and Sousa were found on June 15, 2018 and taken into custody. Through their work, detectives recovered a credit card embossing machine and forged credit cards. Officers also seized more than $267,000 cash and $60,000 from bank accounts.
Police thank community members who helped the investigation. "This whole case started with one customer who recognized something small was out of place. Instead of ignoring it, they told the store manager who then called us", said Sergeant Dan Wade. "This is a great example of how one choice to say something made an impact."
This case was prosecuted by Assistant Polk County Attorney Brendan Greiner and was investigated by a cooperative group of law enforcement officers from West Des Moines and Clive, as well as officers from Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska.
Media personnel interested in an interview may come to the West Des Moines Police Department at 4:30 PM October 9th. Sergeant Dan Wade will be available then.