Skimming devices found in many stores in the center of the coast

In light of the recent arrest of a man placing abrasive devices in local stores across the Central Coast, officials are warning the public to remain vigilant. Surveillance video captured the suspect, 34-year-old George Christia, placing a card skimmer device on a credit card reader inside a 7-Eleven store in Watsonville, Tuesday. Rosalinda was running when Kristia put the device in, and she says it happened within seconds. “He gave me pizza. I went there to make his pizza for him. But then I turned around and saw him when he wore it,” says Rosalinda, with her experience working in the store, said she could tell him it was suspicious, so I quickly grabbed her phone and took a picture of the suspect with it. The scraper is described to look almost identical to an actual credit card device.” That’s why sometimes one doesn’t understand how fast someone can wear it. In seconds. And it looks the same. Alert because it happened in the store so many times. He was present during the last time two suspects tried to put a skimmer on their machine and also tried to ask him to make a pizza.” I think we should be careful with our cards. Wherever we pay. to make sure of it. We don’t have any risk. With all the sacrifices one person makes to pull it off in a short amount of time,” says Roberto. Officials say this type of crime is common to see, with people putting skimmers on gas pumps, but it’s not uncommon to see it inside the store. Unfortunately, we see scams pop up here and there as we approach the holiday season. So, we can expect to see things like that happen,” says Watsonville Public Information Officer Michelle Pulido. The Salinas Police Department has reported that Cristia has placed skimmers at two 7-Eleven sites in Salinas as well and is still investigating. If something is only seen on a credit card reader, don’t use it. We recommend people to use cash. We know it’s hard that a lot of people don’t always have cash. But just be careful. Be alert. And make sure you take the necessary steps to protect yourself and avoid becoming a victim,” the Watsonville Police Department added security blockers to in-store card scanners to ensure thieves could not add another skimming device in the future. “Once our officers discovered the skimming device on our With this credit card reader, they went to the other convenience stores to make sure there weren’t any other skimming devices in the area.”

In light of the recent arrest of a man placing abrasive devices in local stores across the Central Coast, officials are warning the public to remain vigilant.

Surveillance video captured the suspect, 34-year-old George Christia, placing a card skimmer device on a credit card reader inside a 7-Eleven store in Watsonville, Tuesday.

Rosalinda was running when Kristia put the device in, and she says it happened within seconds.

“He gave me pizza,” says Rosalinda. “I went there to make him pizza. But then I turned and saw him when he put it.”

From her experience working in the store, she said she could tell it was suspicious, so she quickly picked up her phone and took a picture of the suspect.

The scraper is described to look nearly identical to an actual credit card device.

Rosalinda says, “Same. That’s why sometimes one doesn’t understand how fast someone can wear it. In seconds. And it looks the same. Because it fit so well.”

Roberto, the store manager, warns everyone to always be on the alert because he has happened in the store several times. He was present during the last time two suspects tried to put a skimmer on their machine and also tried to ask him to make a pizza.

“I think we have to be careful to use our cards. Anywhere we pay. To be sure. We don’t have any risk. With all the sacrifices one person makes just to pull it off in a short amount of time,” says Roberto.

Officials say this type of crime is common, with people putting scrapers on gas pumps, but it’s not uncommon to see it inside the store.

“Unfortunately, we’re seeing scams pop up here and there as the holiday season approaches. So, we can expect things like this to happen,” says Michele Pulido, Watsonville Public Information Officer.

The Salinas Police Department reported that Cristia placed skimmers at two 7-Eleven locations in Salinas as well and is still investigating.

“If something is looking at a credit card reader, don’t use it. We recommend people to use cash. We know this is difficult that many people don’t always have cash. But just be careful. Be careful. .and make sure you take the necessary steps.” To protect yourself and avoid becoming a victim,” Pulido says.

The Watsonville Police Department added safety blockers to in-store card scanners to ensure thieves cannot add another skimming device in the future.

“As soon as our officers discovered the skimming device on this credit card reader, they went to other convenience stores to make sure there were no other skimming devices in the area,” Pulido says.

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