More skimmers located in Manatee County

Photo via Holmes Beach Police Department

HOLMES BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) – Holmes Beach police are looking for at least two suspects in connection with several skimming cases. The cases occurred at the same gas station, the Citgo at 3510 Gulf Dr., in less than a week.

Police say they found skimmers on May 7, 10 and 12. In another case, one may have been put into a pump but taken out by suspects before it was discovered.

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The skimmers are now being processed for possible fingerprints and DNA evidence, police said.

Police have released pictures of at least one of the possible suspects, as well as two vehicles which may have been involved in these cases.

“I think it’s horrible,” said Janice Poole, who is visiting from Virginia. Poole told News Channel 8 she doesn’t plan on getting scammed by crooks.

“It looks normal,” she said about the pump. “No, you don’t (notice it) … Might be better to go inside to pay.”

“It surprises me, really,” Citgo worker Matthew Mikhail said. He’s surprised that, of all places, these bad guys would target an island like Holmes Beach.

“Police are everywhere,” Mikhail said. “There’s only two ways in and out: Cortez and Manatee.”

Cops say the crooks are bold and brazen. They didn’t just come to the gas station in the middle of the night. They also showed up in broad daylight, police said, and put the skimmers in.

Tourist Peter Robinson, from England, didn’t know about the skimmers until News Channel 8 told him.

“That’s good to pay with cash then, yeah,” Robinson said.

The skimmers are now at the crime lab. Experts will test them to see if they have any fingerprints or DNA evidence that could help them in the investigation.

They also say this could be in connection with skimming cases that have occurred in Bradenton and Long Boat Key during the last month.

If you have information on these cases or believe your information may have been compromised, call your bank and/or police at (941) 778-2677.

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