Police say an inspector with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection was routinely checking the pumps when he located the skimming devices. The owner of the gas station said he did not have any knowledge of the devices on the pumps. He told officers the pumps were installed approximately one year ago.
The owner has not received any complaints from customers in reference to any additional charges on their accounts.
The Sarasota Police Department released the following tips for customers to stay safe at the fuel pump:
Choose a fuel pump that is close to the entrance of the store
Use a credit card for the transaction, not a debit card
Pay inside and use cash
The Sarasota Police Department is encouraging customers who may have recently purchased gas at Quik to pay close attention to bank accounts and look for any unknown transactions, regardless of how small they may be. If anything seems suspicious, customers are encouraged to contact their bank immediately.
Anyone with information on this case, please call the Sarasota Police Department at 941-316-1199 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.