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Pasco County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday May 19th, 2010 :: 03:00 p.m. EDT


Illegal card skimming device located on New Port Richey Bank of America ATM.

On May 15, 2010, a skimming device was recovered from the drive-up ATM at the Bank of America’s River Crossing branch, located at 5242 Little Road, New Port Richey.

The first suspect, wearing a hat and driving what appears to be a Dodge minivan, placed the skimming device at 8:35 a.m. This suspect was trailed by an associate, wearing a baseball cap and driving a 4-door BMW. The skimming device was discovered and retrieved by a customer at 8:42 a.m., who took the device to another BOA branch that was open to inquire as to what the object was, suspecting that it was an illegal skimming device.

The suspects returned at 9:45 a.m. and removed a pin-hole camera which was not detected by the customer. The pin-hole camera is used to detect the PIN number entered by the customer, and the skimming device can record the card number, allowing the suspects to gain access to the customer's bank or credit card account. At this time, we have no reports of any victims suffering a loss due to a skimming device at this or any other financial institution in Pasco County. But citizens should be aware that such technology exists and is being used to steal from unsuspecting banking or retail customers. Skimming devices can be placed on any card reader, whether at a bank, gas station, or store.

The suspect photos are not the best, as the glare from the morning sun hinders the quality. Anyone who may have any information about this case is asked to contact the Pasco Sheriff's Office at 727-844-7711.

Pasco County Sheriff's Office
8700 Citizens Dr
New Port Richey, FL 34654

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 727-847-5878

5242 Little Rd
New Port Richey, FL 34655

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