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Police investigating credit card skimmer found at Bradenton Beach gas station

August 7, 2014

By Jessica De Leon, The Bradenton Herald



Aug. 07--Police investigating credit card skimmer found at Bradenton Beach gas station

BRADENTON BEACH -- Police are investigating after a credit card skimmer was found on a gas station pump in Bradenton Beach.

Officers were called to the Circle K gas station at 2513 Gulf Drive N. in Bradenton Beach on July 25 after the suspicious equipment was discovered by an employee, according to Bradenton Beach Police Detective Sgt. Leonard Diaz.

The employee found the device during checks of various locations, according to Diaz. The equipment had last been checked two weeks earlier so investigators say the skimmer was attached sometime in between.

"I think that the reason they started checking them was because they started receiving calls from customers," Diaz said.

At least 30 victims have reached out to Circle K to report that their credit cards had been compromised.

Calls to a Circle K official have not yet been returned.

Police are still waiting for copies of video surveillance footage from that time period, but Diaz said the camera does not have a good view of the pump where the skimmer was attached.

"Somebody that does this, it usually takes them two to three minutes," Diaz said.

Diaz said he is also reaching out to other local law enforcement agencies to see if they have had similar incidents. He also intends to reach out to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for guidance on the evidence since the department does not have any experts on the equipment.

Diaz urges anyone who used a card at the station during this period to keep a watchful eye on their credit card statements and report any fraudulent charges at the first sign. Card users should he checking their card on a weekly basis regularly, he added.

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.

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