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Two men were in custody Saturday after they allegedly attempted to install a device to capture credit card numbers from pumps at a gas station in Sierra Madre, police said.


Aram Manasaryan, 22, and Edvard Martirosyan, 27, were taken into custody on Saturday, June 7, 2014, officials said. (Credit: Sierra Madre Police Department)

Following a 2:40 a.m. alarm call, officers responded within one minute to a Valero gas station at 4 North Baldwin Avenue (map), where they quickly detained the two suspects, according to a statement issued by the city of Sierra Madre.

Aram Manasaryan, 22, and Edvard Martirosyan, 27, were taken into custody without incident, officials said.

“There were other skimming devices — laptop computers, counterfeit credit cards and other tools used to compromise the gas pumps — inside the suspects’ vehicle,” the statement said.

As a precaution, customers who used a credit or debit card at the gas station from May 22 to June 6 should monitor their bank statements for unusual activity, said Sierra Madre Police Chief Larry Giannone.

“At this point in the investigation, we cannot be 100 percent certain that some personal information was not captured,” he said.