2 persons of interest wanted in Bluetooth skimming at gas pumps

Posted at 4:54 PM, Sep 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-29 20:33:50-04

CAROLINE COUNTY, Va. – Two persons of interest have been identified in connect with multiple Bluetooth skimming devices found at a Carolina County gas station this summer.

Thursday, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office released photos of two men who are wanted for questioning in relation to an investigation into gas pump credit card skimming at the Speedy’s Mart Exxon station on Ladysmith Road in Ruther Glen.

The gas station is located just off I-95 Ladysmith interchange at the 110 mile marker.

Investigators are hoping the public can identify the two men who they believe may have traveled to the Miami, Florida area. They said it is unknown if the men are otherwise connected to Caroline County.

The devices were discovered on August 2 by inspectors while conducting routine fuel pump inspections.

The skimmers were installed inside of the pumps and were not visible to customers.

Skimming devices can rip off your credit card and debit card numbers, pin number, card expiration dates, and even bank routing numbers.

“You can connect to this device via tablet, a telephone anything that is Bluetooth capable and pair it with this device to be able to extract the information that’s on the device,” said Lt. Travis Nutter.

Investigators said the keys used to open many fuel pumps are universal and not difficult to obtain.

Deputies said the victims had their credit or debit card numbers used in New York, Maryland, Missouri, Florida and overseas in Germany.  The charges range from $5 to $1800.

If anyone has information that may assist in identifying these individuals, please contact Lt. Travis Nutter at (804) 633-1129, or if callers wish to remain anonymous, they may call the CCSO anonymous tip line at (804) 633-1133 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1000.00 for successful tips.

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