CA: 3rd suspect charged in pump-skimming scam
Henry K. Lee reports:
A third suspect has been charged for his role in a gas pump-skimming operation that was uncovered in Martinez and victimized customers throughout Northern California, authorities said Wednesday.
Edwin Hamazaspyan, 31, is facing identity theft and conspiracy charges along with David Karapetyan, 31, and Zhirayr Zamanyan, 30, all of Los Angeles. The three are accused of stealing more than $158,000 from 196 people.
Karapetyan and Zamanyan are suspected of installing a skimming device on a gas pump at the 7-Eleven gas station at 530 Morello Ave. off Highway 4, police said.
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