SARASOTA, FL. – November 7, 2017 – 10:30 a.m.
On Monday, November 6, 2017, seven (7) skimming devices were located on gas pumps at Quik (formerly known as the Dodge Store), located at 3580 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. It’s unknown how long the devices were on the pumps but according the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, the last time the pumps were checked was on April 3, 2017.
An inspector with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection was conducting a routine check of the pumps when he located the skimming devices. The owner of Quik said he did not have any knowledge of the devices and told Officers the pumps were installed approximately one year ago. The owner also said he had not received any complaints from customers in reference to any additional charges.
Additional safety tips for customers to stay safe at fuel pumps:
· 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