SLO police: Credit card stealing device found at gas station

The San Luis Obispo Police Department confiscated a device from a San Luis Obispo gas station on Sunday that was used to copy credit card information, the agency said via social media.

Police said a customer at the Shell gas station on Madonna Road alerted an employee after spotting the skimmer, a device placed on or above card readers at gas pumps that copy and steal credit card information.

Employees removed the skimmer from the pump, police said, but “with no video available, we’ve hit a dead end” investigating the crime.

It is unclear how many customers had their information stolen.

The police department urges the public to use cash when possible, report suspicious activity and to look for the tamper sticker on the pump.

If the tamper sticker is gone, police said, you should alert gas station employees and use a different pump.

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A skimmer device found at the Shell gas station on Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo on July 10, 2022. San Luis Obispo Police Department

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Chloe Jones is a court and crime reporter at the San Luis Obispo Tribune. She is originally from Phoenix, where she earned her BA in journalism and MA in investigative journalism at Arizona State University. When she’s not reporting, she loves exploring the outdoors and spoiling her two rescue dogs, Camilla and Bugsy Malone.

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