On July 23, 2019, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Circle K gas station located at 39414 N Daisy Mountain in Anthem, AZ, reference credit card skimmers being found in two of the gas pumps.
According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), a man reported that he had been called to repair a gas pump, because the credit card reader was not working. While repairing the pump, he saw the wires connecting the card reader had been disconnected and the metal housing surrounding the reader had been damaged. Although no skimmer had been placed in pump 3, the damage to it was consistent with someone attempting to place a credit card skimmer in the pump. This prompted him to inspect the remaining pumps at the store.
The repairman found credit card skimmers in pumps 5 and 7. He notified the Sheriff’s Office and the on-duty manager at Circle K of his discovery.
The Sheriff’s Office learned that there have been 13 reported victims of credit card fraud that are believed to be connected to this incident/location. Most victims stated their cards were used over the first weekend in August, approximately 11 days after the skimmer had been located.
Detectives believe there are more victims who were affected by this fraud. Detectives are also working with other law enforcement agencies who may have had the same type of criminal activity in their jurisdiction.