ATHENS — Athens police have charged a man with theft and 17 counts of encoded data fraud.

Police received a call Saturday night from First National Bank’s security service after observing a man using multiple cards to try to get cash from the bank's ATM on U.S. 72 East, according to a release from Chief Floyd Johnson.

Two officers arrived and found the male subject, and police later arrested Marcus Diego Praxedes Macedo on 17 counts of encoded data fraud and one count of first-degree theft, Johnson said.

Macedo was booked at the police department and transported to Limestone County Jail, Johnson said, and jail records show his bail is set at $17,500.

The investigation into the case is continuing, Johnson said. He said the only address police were able to obtain for Macedo was Atlanta, Georgia.

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