Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator (PIO)
Desk Phone: 941-954-7094
Two Skimming Devices Found at Gas Station in the City of Sarasota
This morning, September 25, 2019, two suspected skimming devices were found at Citgo, 3580 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. One skimming device was found on pump #1 and one skimming device was found on pump #3. Both devices were removed and collected as evidence (photos are attached and video can be found on the Sarasota Police Department YouTube page at https://youtu.be/YbxMcNo8y-M)
Members of the Sarasota Police Department Street Crimes Unit partnered with the Department of Agriculture to do proactive gas pump checks in the City of Sarasota today. All 17 gas stations in the City of Sarasota were checked and two skimming devices were found.
A few 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 Citgo, 3580 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, 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 is asked to call the Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 941-263-6070 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com