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Police find card skimming device inside gas pump

Dayton police are investigating a credit card skimming device that was put on a gas pump.

Posted: Jun 17, 2019 6:12 PM
Updated: Jun 17, 2019 6:27 PM

DAYTON, Ind. (WLFI) —vPeople living in Dayton are concerned after a card skimmer was found at a local gas station at one of the pumps.

It happened at the BP gas station right off the State Road 38 exit on Interstate 65.

"One of the cashiers had noticed some suspicious things about a couple of the pumps,” said Marshal Robert Taylor of the Dayton Police Department.

Taylor said a call came in on Friday to the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department. A BP cashier noticed something suspicious about a few pumps.

"She was opening up one of the pumps to change the register tape and had some wires kind of loosely fall out,” said Taylor.

Cindy Stanford went to that BP gas station three times prior to police finding the skimmer.

"We ended up having to go into the bank cancel the card and have it re-issued,” said Stanford. "What concerns me is all the people that stop in there and get gas on their way to Chicago or on their way on vacation. How many of those people aren't going to know about it?"

Taylor said this device was different than other ones found in the past. It was much more advanced.

"The device they took out at that time didn't appear to be as sophisticated as the device that we found this time,” said Taylor.

Stanford believes it's time for the gas station to take proper security measures in order to protect their customers.

"All they have to do is to put some kind of device on it that doesn't cost very much to keep that from happening,” said Stanford.

Marshal Taylor says they aren't sure if they can enforce a regulation on the owner to make the pumps more secure.

He did say that the city council will discuss that at its next meeting.

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