Cottonwood Police are investigating multiple fraudulent ATM withdrawals occurring at many financial institutions around Arizona, by what they are calling a “criminal syndicate.” Police say between November 5th and 7th, officers responded to multiple reports of fraud at the machines. Officers shared information from their initial investigations with detectives in the criminal investigations unit. In the following days, investigators determined the acts were being committed by a “syndicate” made up of multiple males and involved “skimming” at financial institutions around the state. The total amount defrauded in Cottonwood and Prescott Valley is over $120-thousand. Cottonwood Police has contacted other local, state and federal agencies to continue the investigation, which is ongoing.