Fresno police need help identifying suspects installing skimmer device


FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Time stamped just before 7 a.m. on November 10, surveillance video shows within four minutes two suspected thieves entered 7-Eleven on Ashlan and Marks in downtown Fresno.

“As you can see in the video, they’re super friendly, they seem approachable, they seem like honest, hard-working people,” says Felipe Uribe of Fresno Police. “That’s what they want you to think.”

While the first man to enter the store served as a distraction, the second placed a card skimmer on one of the point-of-sale devices.

Fresno Police are now releasing the video hoping the public can help them identify the two men.

“They’ve probably done it before and they’re going to keep doing it,” Uribe said. “Someone must have seen them in another store. The hope is that if someone else or another store points it out, we can start tracing their steps.”

There are over a dozen cameras inside and outside the building.

7-Eleven headquarters won’t allow on-camera interviews, but the owner says he believes the suspects parked elsewhere because they weren’t seen getting into a car.

He adds that he was already ordering a new card machine because the tap-to-pay function was not working.

When he noticed his personal tamper-evident seal missing, just hours after the men arrived, he knew he had to call the police.

So can you tell the difference between the real deal and a card skimmer?

“You won’t know just by looking at it,” Uribe said. “You have to touch it, you have to tug on it a bit. It almost feels like a cell phone case over it.”

According to the police, this type of crime is on the increase, so it is important to remain vigilant. They suggest tapping or shooting the POS device.

If you’re at a gas station or bank, try to transact inside.

During off-hours, use the pumps or ATMs closest to the building as security cameras can see them better.

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