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Thieves Target Alexandria ATMs Using Cameras, Skimmers

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Video of thieves show how they set up a camera and skimming device on an ATM.

The video was released by the LINK, the company connecting ATMs throughout the UK. It's exactly what criminals are doing in the greater Washington area.

The ATM a Suntrust bank on Beauregard Street was hit, and the Wachovia Bank along King Street in Alexandria was targeted back in February.

"The bank had over 60-thousand dollars worth of fraud," said Jody Donaldson, Commander of Media Services for Alexandria Police.

He said thieves custom make skimming devices to place over ATM card inserts. Customers credit and debit cards are swiped twice. Once "by the skimmer and by the ATM itself," Donaldson said.

To get the PIN number, thieves attach a camera to the ATM.

"They're tiny, they can be the size on a pencil head," he said.

He said customers will notice something different about the ATM if they take a close look.

Makeovers for Merit: Girls 'Scout' Style Secrets

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)-- Oh My GOFF! Angie Goff reports some of the area's hardest working teenagers got a chance to relax at an age where they're just starting to experiment with makeup and beauty regiments.

Rewarding merit with makeovers, the Girl Scouts received makeup tips, free haircuts and  styling lessons by Circe Salon professionals. 

CONNECT: See what other teen Girl Scouts are up to

Fish Mystery In The Potomac

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- An environmental group is calling on Congress to fund research of intersex fish in the Potomac River.
   The State Journal in Charleston, West Virginia reports that the Potomac Conservancy gave a petition to Virginia Rep. James P. Moran last week containing more than 5,000 signatures.
   The petition seeks funding for a three-year study to determine the causes of intersex fish. It also proposes a study of the effects of endocrine disrupting compounds on human health.
   The petition is part of the conservancy's "Fish Mystery" campaign to draw attention to the problem.
   A 2008 study found as many as 77 percent of male smallmouth bass in the South Branch of the Potomac had started to produce eggs.

Arts Safari 2010

Torpedo Factory Art Center will host the 15th annual Alexandria Arts Safari on October 9. Admission is free and the event will run from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Torrpedo Factory Art Center at 105 North Union Street in Alexandria, VA.

It will be a day filled with hands-on craft activities for kids and their families. Children will enjoy the Clay Experience, Arts Safari Painting, Fabric Collage, Treasure Box Making, Giant Papier Mache Animal, and more! Children should arrive with big imaginations and wearing clothing that can get a little messy. Most activities are appropriate for children kindergarten age and above with parent supervision.

Possible Measles Exposure at Reagan National Airport

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Arlington County Health officials are issuing a warning to anyone who was at Reagan National Airport (DCA) on September 23rd: "You may have been exposed to measles."

They say the exposure happened at Terminal C from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Health officials say people who were near Terminal C at DCA may begin to feel the symptoms of the disease around October 14th.

Call Arlington Public Health for more information on the exposure 703-228-2358.

Click here to link to Arlington Human Service's Website.

Update: Alexandria Police Locate Missing Person

According to the Alexandria Police Department, Lauren Tatiana Taylor was located yesterday afternoon around 2:00 p.m. Taylor was found unharmed in the 3900 block of Executive Avenue. The Alexandria Police Department recieved numerous anonymous tips from the public and officers searched throughout the Arlandria area of Alexandria.

 

Alexandria Dodges Flood

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) - Heavy rains throughout the night and morning sent the Potomac River splashing over it's banks in Old Town Alexandria.

Where King Street meets the river, a barricade floated in the flooded block. A women who had left her car here, walked barefoot through the six inches to get to it and move it.

The city made sand bags available for the taking... while most of them just sat untouched on a flat bed truck, a few takers came to get their share.

High tide at 1:16 the rain stopped and the wind picked up. It whistled through the stays on the bare sail boat masts at Belle Haven Marina, which was empty except for Jim Griffin who came to secure his boat.

The strong current drove a huge log straight toward another boat... and the water smothered a few piers. Park Rangers stood by watching the river. They had sandbags ready to protect the comfort station, aka bathrooms.