York man arrested in ATM ‘skimming’ case

Police said Jeshua Paonessa-Velez of York has been identified the man seen at the forefront of this surveillance photo from a Spring Grove bank. They have not identified his alleged accomplice.
FILE PHOTOS: Police said Jeshua Paonessa-Velez of York was identified as the man seen at the forefront of this surveillance photo from a Spring Grove bank.

SPRING GROVE, Pa. (WHTM) – Police have arrested a man who allegedly used a “skimming” device to illegally gather bank information from debit cards at a Spring Grove ATM.

Jeshua Paonessa-Velez, 24, of York, was identified as one of two men photographed by a bank surveillance camera last fall, Southwestern Regional police said in a news release.

Paonessa-Velez, who is seen in the driver’s seat of a car, has been charged with identity theft, unlawful device making equipment, and access device fraud, police said.

His alleged accomplice has not been identified.

Police accuse Paonessa-Velez and the other man of placing the skimming device on a drive-through ATM between Oct. 28 and Nov. 2.

The devices, typically hidden over a card slot while the bank is closed, can scan the card of an unsuspecting customer and save the data on an internal memory card.

The unnamed Spring Grove bank has identified and reimbursed all victims of the thefts, police said.

Anyone who can identify the second suspect is asked to call Det. Sgt. Lisa Layden at 717-225-1333 ext. 115.

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