Police were investigating the use of a credit card skimming device at a Publix Super Market in Sunny Isles Beach.
The incident appears to be related to the similar type of criminal activity in Sea Ranch Lakes, where someone may have installed a skimming device on a Publix ATM.
Sea Ranch Lakes Police released surveillance video from the store of a man who digs into his pockets and then installs a device on the machine. Police say the device steals personal information and enables the crook to make duplicate copies of credit cards.
“As you slide your credit card through what you believe is your ATM slot, this piece picks up your information prior to the machine itself getting it,” said officer Bill Koch.
Although police in Sea Ranch Lakes believe they found the skimming device in time, they alerted several people that may have used the machine and urged them to contact their banks.
Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 and in Miami-Dade at 305-471-TIPS.