BROOKFIELD, Wis. (WBAY) – Two people have been arrested in the Milwaukee area in connection to credit card skimmers found at Wisconsin gas stations, according to a report from our partner WISN in Milwaukee.
WISN reports that police surrounded an Open Pantry gas station in Brookfield Wednesday. The manager told WISN police arrested two men from Florida on suspicion of being part of a ring of thieves using credit card skimmers at gas stations across Wisconsin.
Manager Jim Schutz believes the men installed the skimmer device around Sept. 1. Station employees found out about it a few days later and called police.
The men were arrested Wednesday after they returned to the station to remove the skimming device.
Schutz says the thieves got a hold of a master key to the pumps. He says the locks have been changed.
Target 2 Consumer Alert reported earlier this week that state investigators found skimmers at gas stations across Wisconsin, including stations in Grand Chute and Oshkosh. A list of gas stations where skimmers were found since August 5, according to our sister station WKOW in Madison:
- Whitney Way Mobil, 699 South Whitney Way, Madison
- Farzo LLC, 699 South Gammon Road, Madison
- MS Mobil, 3019 East Washington Avenue, Madison
- BP Amoco Food Shop, 318 South Park Street, Madison
- Avenue Shell, 4821 East Washington Avenue, Madison
- Milton Travel Center, 1262 Arthur Drive, Milton
- J&R Express Mart, 650 Midland Road, Janesville
- Newville Travel Plaza, 581 East Richardson Springs Road, Edgerton
- Tri-Par Qwik Stop, 580 Orth Drive, Random Lake
- Camp Douglas BP, 215 Highway 12/16, Camp Douglas
- Dino Stop II, 1280 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Lake Delton
- 7 Eleven, 7610 W. Rawson Avenue, Franklin
- Open Pantry, 17235 Bluemound Road, Brookfield
- BB Mobil Mart, 4320 West Prospect Avenue, Grand Chute
- Jackson Street Mobil, 5171 Jackson Street, Oshkosh
A state investigator discovered the skimmer at BB Mobil Mart in Grand Chute.
“In this case, these are internal skimmers, not external. And that’s the challenge for everybody,” said Frank Fassetto, administrator for DATCP. “Be vigilant. Check your statements on a monthly basis and try to stay one step ahead. That at least will help mitigate any damage that may occur down the road.”
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says you can notice signs of tampering at the pump by lightly wiggling the card reader. Skimmers may feel loose and come off. Also, look to see if security seals on the pump have been broken.
If you suspect a card skimmer, tell the gas station and notify DATCP’s Weights and Measures department at 1-608-224-4942 or email email@example.com.