Crime

Credit card skimmer found before anyone pumped gas — Can you ID the suspect?

Biloxi Police are trying to identify this suspect, believed to have placed a skimmer device on a gas pump at a station on Pass Road. The skimmer was removed before it was used by any patrons, police said.
Biloxi Police are trying to identify this suspect, believed to have placed a skimmer device on a gas pump at a station on Pass Road. The skimmer was removed before it was used by any patrons, police said. Biloxi Police Department

Surveillance pictures taken at a Chevron gas pump could help identify a man suspected of placing a credit card skimmer device inside a fuel pump Thursday morning.

A clerk at the Chevron station at Pass and Beauvoir roads reported it appeared someone had tampered with a fuel pump, Biloxi Police Investigator Kris M. Hines Jr. said.

Police discovered the device that’s designed to steal personal information from debit and credit cards had been placed in the back of the machine in an area normally accessible by a master key.

The man who put it there could be local, could be passing through or staying at a hotel.

The clerk reported it about 6:30 a.m. No one had used the pump since the theft device was installed, Hines said.

Video surveillance shows a man sought in connection with the crime. He was driving what appears to be a Chevrolet Tahoe with a Florida tag.

To give a tip, call the Biloxi police dispatchers at 228-392-0641, the police criminal investigations division at 228-435-6112, or email the criminal intelligence unit at ciu@biloxi.ms.us.

Tipsters also can call Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898 or give a tip online at www.mscoastcrimestoppers.com.

This type of skimmer was found in gas pumps in Saucier in January.

This type of skimmer device isn’t as easy to spot as other types of skimmers. One type is an overlay on the card reader.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

4 ways to protect yourself at the pump and ATMs

Tug on the card reader area before inserting your card. If it comes off, it’s a skimmer device.

Place your hand over where you enter your PIN case a hidden camera has been placed there.

If you prefer to use a card, run your debit card as a credit.

If the red security sticker on the pump has been cut, sliced or broken, contact a store clerk and use a different pump.

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