Police boost patrols at 7-Eleven stores after skimming scams

Police released a picture yesterday of a suspect they say placed a skimmer on an ATM in Levittown. The device was found last month at the 7-Eleven location on Hempstead Turnpike.

Police released a picture yesterday of a suspect they say placed a skimmer on an ATM in Levittown. The device was found last month at the 7-Eleven location on Hempstead Turnpike. (2/24/17)

LEVITTOWN - Nassau police say they are stepping up patrols and inspecting ATMs at 7-Eleven stores across the county after skimming devices were found at different locations.

Police released a picture Thursday of a suspect they say placed a skimmer on an ATM in Levittown. The device was found last month at the 7-Eleven location on Hempstead Turnpike. Police say the device was planted by a man who is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs around 180 pounds. The man wore a black jacket, blue jeans and a black baseball cap.

Officials were also seen removing another skimming device from a 7-Eleven in Seaford a week ago. In that case, a Massapequa man tipped off police after he discovered the device that steals credit card information.

Police are urging residents to pull on the card reader or shake it a little to check for looseness, which could be a sign of tampering. In addition, customers are urged to cover the keypad with a free hand while entering PINs.

Anyone with information on the skimming devices is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.

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