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Police are looking for a man who they say stole a Bensonhurst woman’s debit card information and used it to make fraudulent purchases in Manhattan.

The victim, who lives near Bath Avenue and Bay 35th Street, discovered on Oct. 1 that someone had charged $412 to her checking account at Duane Reade stores in Manhattan, police said. But the woman still has her debit card, leading investigators to believe the thief made a copy using a skimmer, a card-reading device, attached to a cash machine, law enforcement officials said.

Police believe the man also stole money from a Queens man who discovered unauthorized charges in November.

The first fishy charge dates back to July, but police couldn’t specify whether the culprit used the Brooklyn woman’s card or the Queens man’s card, a spokeswoman said.

Police busted two Brooklyn men for allegedly possessing credit card duplication equipment after they were allegedly caught stealing parts from a Gravesend cash machine in October.

Police are asking anyone with information about the thefts to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-8477, visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or text-message tips to 274637 and enter “TIP577”.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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