Second Suspect Charged in Skimming Incident at Oradell Bank

After a lengthy investigation spanning over the last year, led by Detective Sgt. William Wicker of the Oradell Police Department, police arrested a second man last week for allegedly trafficking personal identity information and theft.

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

Borough police responded to the ATM and cooperated with bank security to conduct 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 at approximately 5 p.m. 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 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.

The suspects, Mirko Martinelli, 25, and Mario Pena, 23, both 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. Both men also faced charges from police in Darien, Conn. for 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 jail in Bridgeport, Conn.

On Jan. 29, Pena finished his sentence in Bridgeport and was then extradited to Oradell. 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.

On July 12, the New York City Police Department notified Oradell police that Martinelli had been detained in New York on unrelated charges. The NYPD realized that he was wanted on outstanding warrants for his arrest in Oradell and Darien.

On July 27, Martinelli was extradited back to New Jersey to face charges in Oradell. He was charged with theft of immovable property, trafficking personal identification, an identity theft charge, and as a fugitive from justice from Darien police.

Martinelli was remanded to Bergen County jail and is awaiting his court date and sentencing. Upon completion in Oradell, he will be extradited to Connecticut

BY STEPHANIE ALBERICO

MANAGING EDITOR | 

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