February 2nd 2015

After a lengthy investigation spanning the last five months, Oradell police arrested a man last week on charges of trafficking personal identity information and theft.

The investigation was led by Detective Sgt. William Wicker of the Oradell Police Department.

The alleged incident occurred in Oradell on Sept. 21, 2014, when police received a report of a skimming device being placed on a drive-up ATM machine at the Chase Bank located at 417 Kinderkamack Road.

Oradell Police responded to the ATM and worked with bank security on an investigation. Police observed several pieces of double-sided tape around the card access slot on the ATM. Chase security and Oradell police reviewed the security cameras and revealed that two unknown suspects had installed the skimming device on Sept. 21 at 1:50 a.m.

Later that day, police removed the device.

Chase security provided pictures and information to police officers. According to police, approximately 30 accounts and information had been accessed.

Two days later, on Sept. 23, police in Fairfield, Conn., arrested two men in connection with a different skimming device incident. According to police, the two men were wearing the same clothing and matched the description of the men who were suspects in Oradell's incident.

Fairfield police provided Oradell police with photos and the suspects' description and information.

The men arrested in Fairfield also had in their possession the account numbers of the Chase branch in Oradell, police said. According to police, the men had compromised the account information to create fraudulent credit cards.

Both men - Mirko Martinelli, 25, of Bronx, N.Y., and Mario Pena, 23, of Bronx, N.Y. - posted bail in Fairfield on that case, before an arrest could be made by Oradell police.

Police entered Martinelli and Pena into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system as wanted persons. According to police, both also faced charges from police in Darien, Conn. for allegedly using fraudulent credit cards.

On Oct. 28, Darien police advised Oradell police that they had taken Pena into custody after he was found entering the country at Logan International Airport in Boston, Mass. According to police, Pena was then detained in a Bridgeport, Conn. jail.

On Jan. 29, Pena was extradited to Oradell, police said. According to police, Pena was arrested and charged with trafficking personal identity information and theft. Bail was set at $25,000 with a 10 percent option. Pena posted bail and was released, police said.

Martinelli is still at-large and wanted in connection with the Oradell incident, police said. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact police.