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    Release Number: 16-393

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    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • August 18, 2016
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    HCSO Economic Crimes Detectives Arrest Suspect In Gas Pump Skimming Cases

    The findings of the evidence collected positively linked Alberto Garcia as the person who placed the skimmers on both pumps.
    • Wednesday
    • June 17, 2015
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County


    Alberto Y Garcia
    DOB: 05/04/1985
    10312 Rosemount Drive
    Tampa, FL

    Charges: Fraudulent Use of Scan Device Pay Card to Defraud X2

    Photo of skimmer:

    Skimmer seized from the Citgo station at 18820 Gunn Highway.


    On May 26, 2015 at approximately 3:45 pm, a skimmer was placed inside a gas pump at the Sunoco located at 6915 W. Waters Ave in Tampa. The owner of the Sunoco Station detected the device and went back into the store to contact HCSO. While the owner was briefly inside the store, the suspect removed the skimmer and fled the scene.

    On June 17, 2015 a skimmer was found attached to a gas pump at the Citgo Gas Station located at 18820 Gunn Highway in Odessa. Employees of the Citgo observed a unknown male and female park their silver SUV in front of the gas pump for approximately fifteen (15) minutes, paid for gas with a prepaid card inside the store, but did not put gas into their vehicle.  The employee thought the events appeared suspicious and inspected the gas pump.  Upon inspection, the employee observed a skimmer attached to the gas pump and HCSO was notified.

    Detectives processed the pump at the Sunoco for latent evidence and submitted the seized skimmer to a laboratory for additional analysis for latent evidence. The findings of the evidence collected positively linked Alberto Garcia as the person who placed the skimmers on both pumps.

    Detectives obtained arrest warrants and arrested Garcia at his residence without incident. Garcia has been booked into the Hillsborough County Jail Orient Road Jail.

    Detectives are reviewing other similar cases and additional charges are pending.
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