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File photo of ATM machine. (Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Two men from Mexico have been arrested and about $211,000 seized after some ATMs in South Texas were drained of cash.

McAllen police have linked last weekend’s thefts to nearly 1,000 fake credit cards. Investigators believe Mexican banks were targeted with stolen data from hundreds of accounts loaded on to credit cards, which can be used for cash advances.

McAllen police Chief Victor Rodriguez said Thursday that the investigation began Monday after bank officials confirmed some ATMs were empty. Bank surveillance video was used to help locate a vehicle Wednesday and one suspect, who led to another man. Officers recovered about $211,000 in suitcases and hundreds of bogus credit cards.

Federal charges are pending. Authorities believe the two men were provided the account information and continue to investigate the source.

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