MEDFORD — Two men in the country as part of a Visa Waiver Program have been arrested and charged in connection with a skimming device found on a local ATM machine.

Medford police said that Gianluca Galota, 36, an Italian citizen, and Alin Uricara, 35, from Romania, were charged after they were seen removing parts of the machine at the Beneficial Bank on Stokes Road.

Police first learned of the machine when they were alerted by the Beneficial Bank Fraud Division that the device had been installed. According to the bank, the first device had been installed on April 1 and removed on April 3.

Police were alerted to the second device on April 9. With officers on a "surveillance operation," the following morning they found a man, identified as Galota, removing the second device. At that time, police located a car where they found Uricaru waiting for Galota.

The two men face charges of identity theft, computer crime, trafficking personal information, theft by deception and conspiracy. They are being held in the Burlington County Jail awaiting a first hearing in Superior Court.

According to police, customers of the bank and anyone who has used the machine are encouraged to check their records for any irregularities and call the Medford Police Department.

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