Man sought in Baldwin station skimming scam

Police on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, released photographs

Police on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, released photographs of Vasile Ovidiu Haidau, 35, who they say has links to a credit card identity theft ring in California. LIRR officials said Monday that railroad workers discovered card-reading devices and tiny hidden cameras at automatic ticket vending machines at Baldwin during routine inspections last week. (Credit: MTA)

MTA police are looking for a Romanian national in connection with a scheme to steal credit card and ATM numbers from ticket-buying customers at the Baldwin train station.

Police on Tuesday released photographs of Vasile Ovidiu Haidau, 35, who they say has links to a credit card-identity theft ring in California.

Long Island Rail Road officials said Monday that railroad workers discovered card-reading devices and tiny hidden cameras at automatic ticket vending machines at Baldwin during routine inspections last week.


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The LIRR immediately notified the Metropolitan Transportation Authority police, who on Tuesday identified Haidau as a suspect.

Police said they saw Haidau tampering with the ticket vending machine at the Baldwin station at about 5:15 a.m. Monday.

Officers attempted to stop him, but Haidau was able to flee. He was last seen driving a blue 2014 Volvo S80, a rental with a New York license plate GKR5959, west on Sunrise Highway in Baldwin.

Haidau has a revoked visa and is known to travel with another man in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Long Island.

Police said they have determined that the scammers had not downloaded any of the information picked up by either device, so they do not believe that any LIRR customers who used the machine in Baldwin had their credit or debit information compromised.

LIRR customers who use credit and debit cards for purchases are urged to check with their banks or credit cards companies for unusual activity.

Anyone with information on Haidau can contact the MTA at 516-222-6501 or 718-361-2201.

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