Another “skimmer” theft device was found this week installed in a Murfreesboro gas pump, according to Murfreesboro Police Chief Randy Lamb.
Lamb said the device, which thieves use to collect customers’ credit or debit card information, was found in a pump at Exxon C-Stop and is identical to the five “pigtail” devices recovered in March at both Murfreesboro and Nashville Exxon vendors.
When three devices were found in March at C-Stop, owner David Blackmon of Blackmon Exxon implemented safeguards such as new locks and a new video security system at the gas pump island and inside the store.
Chief Lamb said the thieves had broken a new lock and then used Super Glue to repair and disguise the damage.
Chief Lamb said he hopes the new security system will assist in his investigation and noted no devices were found in the other pumps at C-Stop.
Lamb also said that, as of Monday afternoon, no reports of customers being affected by the skimmers had been reported.
Once inside the gas pumps, the thieves install the device in seconds and then drive past the pump, activate a Bluetooth device and download the stolen card information from the pump into a phone or other device with Bluetooth capabilities.