The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office went on a seek-and-destroy mission last month to protect motorists from illegal credit/debit card skimmers that criminals hook up to gas station pumps.
In just a two-day span, detectives found what they were looking for.
On Aug. 26 and 27, Sheriff’s Office detectives visited 147 gas stations throughout Pasco County. What they found was a total of 25 skimming devices on gas pumps at 16 different locations. Twenty of the 25 skimmers were removed from gas pumps in West Pasco and six were found at just one location, the Hudson Citgo at 7820 State Road 52.
The 16 locations are spread throughout the county. Individuals believing they may have been victimized are advised to contact their bank immediately to report a potential data breach. Anyone noticing suspicious charges on their bank statements should also notify the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office by calling 727-847-8102, Option 7.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on the operation.
The Sheriff’s Office provided the addresses of each gas station where a skimmer was found, along with pump numbers.
Six skimmers found:
Citgo, 7820 S.R. 52, Hudson, Pump Nos. 3-8.
Three skimmers found:
Citgo, 4015 Little Road, New Port Richey, Pump Nos. 6-8.
Two skimmers found:
7-Eleven, 13440 S.R. 54, Odessa, Pump Nos. 5-6.
Citgo, 4334 Gall Boulevard, Zephyrhills, Pump Nos. 2-3.
One skimmer found:
7-Eleven, 4540 Rowan Road, New Port Richey, Pump No. 1.
Star One Food Mart: 15434 U.S. 19, Hudson, Pump No. 1.
7-Eleven, 15014 U.S. 19, Hudson, Pump No. 5.
7-Eleven, 27219 Wesley Chapel Blvd., Wesley Chapel, Pump No. 3.
In and Out Food Store, 3514 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey, Pump No. 4.
Circle K, 27616 Wesley Chapel Blvd., Wesley Chapel, Pump No. 7.
7-Eleven, 3437 U.S. Highway 19, Holiday, Pump No. 7.
7-Eleven, 10007 U.S. Highway 19, Port Richey, Pump No. 3.
Citgo, 14106 U.S. Highway 19, Hudson, Pump No. 7.
7-Eleven, 38544 5th Ave., Zephyrhills, Pump No. 4.
Chevron, 6444 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey, Pump No. 1.
Chevron, 2908 Seven Springs Blvd, New Port Richey, Pump No. 6.