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More than 40 people had money stolen by thieves using a skimming device found at a south Lincoln bank ATM, police officials said Tuesday. 

The skimming device was discovered and removed at a Union Bank ATM.

Police, sheriff and bank officials declined to identify the location of the machine, but a police report listed the address of one of the frauds at the bank's ATM at 6801 S. 27th St., across from SouthPointe Pavilions.

Lincoln Police Officer Luke Bonkiewicz said there is no ongoing threat to the public.

Bonkiewicz declined to release more details, citing an ongoing investigation that extends to Omaha. 

Police took 44 reports related to the case, and Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner said his office took two more. 

Skimming devices are attached to ATMs and gas pump credit card readers so criminals can capture bank card numbers and PIN information, create new cards and steal money from the account holders.

It was not immediately clear how much money was taken in the scam. 

Union Bank and Trust spokesman Kevin Keller referred questions about the device to police and said the bank is contacting the affected customers and reissuing their cards.

"The amount of any unauthorized transactions is paid by the bank, so customers are not impacted financially," Keller said in an email.

"As always, we encourage customers to monitor their accounts and if they have questions, or see transactions they did not initiate, to contact the bank."

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Riley Johnson reports on breaking news and public safety issues in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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