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Credit card skimmers hit another Sierra Madre gas station

January 11, 2012 |  9:10 am

Sierra Madre gas station
A year after hundreds of customers at a Sierra Madre gas station reported their ATM and credit card information was stolen, police are investigating new thefts involving "fraud skimmers" at another local gas station.

Customers of the Valero gas station on Baldwin Avenue are being warned to check their accounts after police determined a device designed to obtain customers' card information was placed inside a pump between Dec. 1 and Dec. 27.

Several customers have already reported their credit and ATM cards were compromised and charges made to their accounts without their knowledge.

"There were three charges, they were right around $100 each, they were just under $100 each and they were in areas that I have not been to and don't frequent," customer John Hrovat told KTLA-TV.

Police believe someone used a key to open the pumps and then returned later to retrieve the device.

Station owner Edgar Antenyan told KTLA-TV he did not have any involvement in the scam and says he is a victim just like his customers.

In December 2010, at another gas station on Baldwin Avenue, nearly  600 victims were drained of more than $172,000.

The owners of that station disappeared amid a joint Sierra Madre and U.S. Secret Service investigation.


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Photo: A Valero gas station in Sierra Madre. Police determined a device designed to obtain customers' card information was placed inside one of the station's pumps. Credit: KTLA-TV