Authorities break up NC ATM theft ring, arrest 10

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Local and federal authorities say they've broken up a crime ring that stole checkbooks from cars and homes in North and South Carolina and used the checks to make fraudulent deposits into the suspects' own bank accounts.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/124JbIL) that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and U.S. Secret Service agents have arrested 10 people on charges of stealing more than $300,000 from more than 55 victims in the Charlotte area.

Det. Derrick Lail of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Major Crimes Unit said warrants are out for an 11th member of the ring, and more people could be arrested as the investigation continues.

Authorities said the suspects used automated teller machines in seven counties to deposit the fake checks, and then quickly withdrew the money before banks noticed the deposits.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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By the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police and the Secret Service.

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