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Elizabethtown Police Department reported suspected skimming devices at local gas stations

On January 6th, 2020 the Elizabethtown Police Department received reports stating suspected skimming devices had been located at some local gas stations.

In a media release, Elizabethtown Police Department stated, “Annual inspections were being performed by inspectors from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture when these devices were located. The first was found at Scotchman 101 on East Broad Street and the second at Community Mart 909 East Broad Street.”

These type of skimming devices are made to capture and store information from financial cards that are used at the fuel pump, according to the Police. These skimming devices can only capture and store information from the strips of the cards, not chips.

The release continued, “Whoever installed these devices had a key and opened the fuel pump door, installed the skimming device in 30 seconds or less, locked the fuel pump door and planned to return at a later date to retrieve the device to get the stolen financial card data.”

The department added, “At this time we do not know how long the devices have been on the pumps, however we have seized the suspected skimming devices and will be sending them to the North Carolina State Crime Lab for further analysis.”

The investigation in the matter is ongoing at this time.

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