Bartow, FL-- Sheriff Grady Judd cautioned Polk County residents Tuesday, saying multiple skimming devices have been located in ATMs in Bartow, Mulberry, and Haines City.
PCSO and the Bartow Police Department are reportedly investigating fraud complaints related to skimming devices that were placed on two Publix ATM's in Bartow and Mulberry, and two Mid-Florida Credit Union ATM's in Bartow and Haines City.
Skimmers, officials say, are device readers that criminals put on ATM's or other card readers (such as on gas pumps) that customers use to swipe their debit or credit cards. A photo of a skimmer can be seen above.
Skimmers are almost always accompanied by tiny cameras that record the customer entering his/her PIN number after swiping the card.
"Unfortunately, this is not the first time, nor the last time, that we will see this trend in our county. Criminals are placing these skimmers on ATM's all across the state. Our best resource for catching criminals like these is you - the public. We need your eyes and ears. Let us know if you see anything suspicious on a card reader or an ATM, or if you recognize the suspect seen here. Together, we can stop this crime trend." - Sheriff Grady Judd
Officials ask for information regarding the people of interest seen in the attached photos. They say they were captured on video surveillance, possibly placing skimmers on ATMs.
If you have any information regarding this crime, contact the Bartow Police Department or PCSO. Or, to report anonymously and become eligible for a cash reward, call 1-800-226-TIPS or log onto www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com.