Police in the Portland, Ore. suburb of Beaverton said they have photos and the identifications of suspects in some 50 fraud cases linked to the recent card data breach at the retail craft chain Michaels, the Beaverton Police Department.
The identified suspects are “from a larger organization which allows multiple crews to work numerous areas and move around quickly,” police stated. Several Beaverton banks including US Bank assisted police by supplying still surveillance photographs of the suspects. Federal investigators are working with local detectives to help locate the suspects.
The breaches reportedly took place from February through early May and compromised thousands of customer debit and credit cards. Police said the cards were skimmed at a number of Michaels locations across the U.S., then counterfeited and used to withdraw funds from victims’ bank accounts at ATMs.
Michaels made the breach public in May, and has since been hit with at least two lawsuits from Chicago-area consumers over compromised accounts.