DESTIN — A Panama City man faces multiple charges after using fake credit cards to withdraw cash from an ATM machine in Destin early Tuesday morning, according to a press release from Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.
OCSO responded to a call of suspicious activity at the Hancock Whitney Bank at 14075 Emerald Coast Parkway shortly before 4 a.m. after a man was seen covering up the camera at the ATM machine and making multiple transactions with multiple cards, maxing out each card being used. The deputy noticed a white truck pulling away from the bank and initiated a stop.
Gagik Kesaian, 57, was behind the wheel of the truck. Inside the vehicle, he had a crumpled rebel flag sticker in his left hand, the same type of sticker used to cover the ATM camera, the release said. Kesaian consented to a search where the deputy found six receipts from the ATM, $1,600 in $20 bills and more rebel flag stickers as well as a stack of 14 bank cards with no names or numbers on them.
Kesaian later told deputies he covered the ATM camera at the bank to conceal his identity. He claimed to have found the bank cards and said he believed it was a way to obtain "quick and easy money," according to the arrest report.
Kesaian was charged with grand theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, trafficking in counterfeit credit cards, criminal use of personal identification information and a scheme to defraud a financial institution.