Credit Card Skimmers Found in Seminole, Palm Harbor
Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies are warning gas station customers of the skimmers.
PINELLAS COUNTY – Deputies are warning gas station customers of credit card skimmers that were found on gas pumps at two separate gas stations in Palm Harbor and unincorporated Seminole.
Deputies were called to the Speedway gas station at 2734 U.S. Alt. 19, in Palm Harbor about 5:10 a.m. Thursday (April 20) after employees found a credit card skimming device on gas pump No. 2. Deputies determined that someone forced open the gas pump and installed the skimmer sometime between 3:45 a.m.Wednesday (April 19) and 3:45 a.m. Thursday.
At about 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017, Deputies were called to the Speedway gas station at 11708 Seminole Blvd. in unincorporated Seminole about 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Employees at this business found a credit card skimming device on gas pump No. 1.
In this specific case, employees received an alert from the gas pump at about 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday indicating that someone tampered with the gas pump. Employees inspected the pump and found the skimming device. Detectives say that employees took appropriate action and immediately shut down the gas pump before any customers could use it.
Deputies obtained surveillance video from the Speedway gas station in unincorporated Seminole, showing a black SUV pull up to gas pump No. 1 at about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. An unidentified male suspect got out of the passenger side of the SUV and entered the store while at least one other suspect remained with the vehicle at the gas pump. The suspect is seen
on video entering the store but he never makes a purchase. The suspect leaves the store, gets back into the SUV, and the SUV pulls away.
The male suspect is described as white or Hispanic male, approximately 35-45 years of age, wearing a white hat, a blue long sleeve shirt, light colored jeans ripped at the knees, and dark colored shoes.
Detectives are asking customers who bought gas at the Speedway gas stations to check with their financial institutions to see if there are any unauthorized bank transactions. If so, they should notify the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at (727) 582-6200.
Anyone with information that may help detectives in this case is asked to contact Detective James Holden at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (727) 582-6200 or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or crimestoppersofpinellas.org.
For information about the Pinellas County sheriff, go to pcsoweb.com.
Photo shows the credit card skimmer found in unincorporated Seminole. Photo is courtesy of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
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