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Clearwater police investigating ATM scam

CLEARWATER

Police looking into scam at Wachovia atm

Police are investigating an ATM scam that took place at a local Wachovia Bank. On Sept. 10, the branch at 2699 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. reported that a number of customers over the previous two days had complained about money being stolen from their accounts. Further investigation found "evidence of an adhesive, indicating that a scanning device had been glued to the drive-through ATM," according to Clearwater police. Police said the scanning devices typically are placed over the card slot to retrieve account information and are used in conjunction with a camera that captures the user's PIN. The Police Department said people should report to their banks anything suspicious about the ATMs they use and should use their hands to cover the keypad while they enter their PINs. So far, there are at least 20 victims of the scam.

NEW PORT RICHEY

ATV joyride ends in jail, deputies say

Driving a stolen all-terrain vehicle Wednesday morning on Decubellis Road, officials say Steven Rios ran into exactly the wrong person: Pasco Sheriff Bob White. White pulled the 24-year-old over because he was driving the ATV on the road, which is illegal, according to a Pasco sheriff's report. Deputies later arrived and found that the ATV had been stolen from RideNow Powersports of Clearwater, the report said. They arrested Rios, of 6631 Shady Acres Blvd. in New Port Richey, who was charged with grand theft and driving with a suspended license. He was released Thursday on $10,000 bail.

DUNEDIN

Longtime musician takes over band

Dunedin's concert band has a new director. Before moving to Clearwater from the Cleveland area in 2005, Dr. Louis Alan Zagar received many honors for his 25 years of teaching of instrumental music from the public school through collegiate levels. Zagar was also very involved in community bands as a conductor and professional clarinetist for over 20 years. A conductor from his high school days, Zagar earned advanced degrees from the Conservatory of Music at Baldwin-Wallace near Cleveland. He earned his master's degree at Cleveland State University and completed his doctorate at Case Western Reserve University. Zagar and his wife (a flute and piano player) joined the Dunedin Concert Band in 2005.

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Pinellas deaths

Blankenbarker, Mary C.

Boisvert, Frederick S.

Bolin, Ann

Buckley, Bridie T.

DeLucco, Matthew F.

Forman, Claire Louise

Middaugh, Gerald

Mulero, Sylvia

Purser, Cecile, M.

Randolph, Shirley A.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Clearwater police investigating ATM scam 09/11/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 4:39pm]
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