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Portland police warn of credit card skimmers at gas stations

Posted at 6:34 PM, Dec 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-03 19:38:01-05


Victims are still coming forward after police say two Romanian women were busted with credit card skimming devices.

The women were arrested last week.

Portland police Chief Mark Cory says 17-year-old Francesca Cimpeanu was stopped for a traffic violation on Hwy 181 last Monday.

Cory says officers searched the car after she gave them a fake identification card.

That is when they found two credit card skimming devices on a 15-year-old female passenger.

“Through further investigation, we ended up in a hotel in Corpus,” says Portland police Chief Mark Cory.

In the hotel, police obtained two more skimmers along with equipment to make them.

Cory says the suspects placed multiple devices in Portland, Corpus Christi, Sinton, and Odem.

The investigation leads officers to believe the two women are part of a large family affair.

“There out of the Houston area, that’s where this whole criminal investigation is centered

Portland police are working in conjunction with local and federal agencies.

“I assure you that there will be more arrests,” says Chief Cory.

Cory says 30 people have made reports, but those numbers increase every day.

So far, they estimate, $50,000 was taken from victims in just Portland.

This is why Portland police are advising people to check their bank accounts and to avoid paying at the pump at all costs.

“These suspects are able to get straight into your bank account,” says Chief Cory.