40 gas station skimmers found in Arizona

Posted at 5:17 AM, Aug 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-11 12:42:57-04

Officials are warning Arizona travelers about more gas station skimmers.

Two skimmers have recently been found at two gas stations in Glendale. The first one was found on Aug. 7 at 51st Avenue and Glendale, the other was found on Aug. 9 at 51st Avenue and Peoria.

Take a look at the map below to see when and where skimmers were found across the state, with red locations indicating skimmers from this year.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said a skimming device was also found at the Bowlins gas station in Picacho. The gas station is off Interstate 10, south of Eloy.

PCSO has released a picture of the men (photo in the player above) who allegedly placed the device on a gas pump in July. The device allows the suspects to collect your credit card information.

Michelle Wilson with Arizona Weights and Measure Division says, "In this case, when the criminals returned to pick up the number that's when we got the picture."

According to PCSO, the men pose as either gas station or gas pump repair employees.

"Criminals can open those dispensers and install a skimming device in the internals within seven to eight seconds," Wilson said.

Wilson also explained that they'll use a car in an attempt to conceal their actions from cameras and the cashiers. 

"Sometimes they'll have two people; someone inside the store distracting the cashier," Wilson said.

A total of 40 skimmers have been found this year in Arizona. Click here for a full list (link is at bottom of page).

Officials believe the Pinal County case is connected to several incidents in the Phoenix and Tucson area.

"some of them are bluetooth enabled so they don't have to come back and get them—they just have to drive in proximity and download the data," Wilson explained.

If you recognize these men or if you believe you are a victim, call the Attorney General’s office at 602-542-7942.