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Man arrested for ATM skimming appears in court

Posted: Aug 09, 2018 5:10 PM Updated:

The man picked up in connection to skimming devices found on local ATMs makes his first court appearance today. The problem is: no Italian interpreter was present. Though he'll have to come back on Friday, court documents provide a closer look at his plans for his stay on Guam.

He was in and out in a matter of minutes.

Nicola Marinelli was only supposed to make a quick trip to Guam. Now, his stay is indefinite. The Italian man arrived on August 1. Rather than enjoy the sun, sand, and shopping, court documents state he was here to install skimming devices on bank ATMs.

Police, with the help of an interpreter, reportedly got his confession. Marinelli stated he was strapped for cash when he was approached by a man he only knew to be as "Michele" back home. Michele, court documents state, might have connections to organized crime in Italy.

Marinelli reportedly admitted to setting up skimming devices at a "big building with a lot of shopping places" and another device at a Subway restaurant "far away from (his) hotel."

Subway staffers reported seeing a tall, bearded male with multiple tattoos on Saturday afternoon. They told police that he entered and exited multiple times and even changed his clothes before darting for his car around the time witnesses observed the skimming device - evident by the adhesive tape and residue on the ATM.

Though Marinelli was scheduled to depart Guam on August 8th, he was instead placed under arrest.

As reported, Marinelli was spotted at a Tamuning restaurant.

A vigilant Bank of Guam staffer was on his way home picking up pizza for his family when he recognized Marinelli and called police.

Marinelli will appear in court on Friday at 2 p.m. He's charged with two counts of use of skimming device as a third degree felony.

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