HOLMES BEACH (FOX 13) - A credit card skimmer was found inside a Citgo gas station pump Tuesday, and may have been there since Friday.
Detective Sgt. Brian Hall with the Holmes Beach Police Department said a state inspector doing a routine inspection at the Citgo gas station at 3015 Gulf Drive found the skimmers Monday, May 9.
Hall said two pumps may have been impacted, even though the inspector found only one skimmer. He said when the inspector went to open another pump's computerized payment panel, he discovered it was already open, suggesting someone came to remove another skimming device.
The police department said, since they have one of the skimmers, anyone who used that pump will not have to worry about their information being stolen since the skimmer holds it until a suspect comes back to take it.
If there was another skimmer in the open pump, anyone who used it may need to worry about identity theft or credit card fraud. Det. Hall said anyone who frequents the location should keep a close watch on bank and credit card statements.
"Keep an eye on their credit card statements or their bank accounts, depending which card they used. There is a possibility that that credit card skimmer was over there on the weekend," he explained.
Hall said his team would test for fingerprints and DNA present on the pump, to try and find a suspect.
Anyone who finds their information has been compromised, or may know something about the skimmer at that location is asked to contact the Holmes Beach Police Department at (941) 778-COPS (2677).