Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – After a gas pump was malfunctioning, a maintenance crew located an illegal credit card skimming device installed inside the pump. On Wednesday, June 1, 2016 detectives were summoned to Daily’s Shell Gas Station, located at 88 N. Mt. Juliet Road, to investigate the discovery of a skimming device. The device was discovered after the owner of the business had been experiencing an outage with Pump Number 1 for approximately 3 days. The owner called a maintenance crew to repair the card reader, and they discovered the device installed inside the pump. Detectives immediately responded to collect evidence, and they are currently working leads in hopes of finding the source of the illegal activity.
Patrons of Daily’s Shell Gas Station that used Pump Number 1, between May 27, 2016 and June 1, 2016 are encouraged to check their personal bank statements for signs of fraudulent activity. If any fraudulent charges are noticed, then individuals should file a police report with the Mt. Juliet Police Department and notify their financial institutions. The filing of a police report can assist investigators in gaining additional evidence of credit card fraud, which will help lead to the prosecution of those responsible for the illegal activity.
Due to the recent credit card skimmers being found in other cities in the Middle Tennessee area, the Mt. Juliet Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division went out to all gas stations in March and April of 2016 to proactively inspect the pumps and provide contact information to the station owners. This proactive measure was essential in collecting the credit card skimming device in this case, which is a key piece of evidence.
The public is encouraged to always check to see if the pump appears normal when using an outside card reader at gas station. If the pump appears tampered with, cabinet door unsecured, and/or screen malfunctioning, management of the gas station should be notified immediately.