Meridian police arrest suspected card skimmers thanks to an alert employee

Posted at 5:19 PM, Dec 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-10 19:19:17-05

Credit card skimmers are difficult to catch because they use technology that allows them to return to the scene of a crime months later to avoid being caught on security cameras.

However, on Friday afternoon a woman working at Jackson's on Eagle Road in Meridian saw three men tampering with one of the pay stations at the gas station.

She called the police and gave descriptions of the men and the vehicle that they were driving which lead to the Meridian Police Department arresting three men, two from Miami and one from Texas.

"That is what we really need from the public and from our retailers," said Lt. Jeff Brown of the Meridian Police Department.

Police arrested 29-year-old Yatsel Aleman-Santana, 29-year-old Adrian Acosta-Alonso and 22-year-old Carlos Pineda-Vera and charged all three with grand theft.

Just one month earlier three card skimmers were found at the same gas station and police are investigating if those were related to the recent arrests.

Card skimmers can be scary for consumers because they are difficult to detect, police advise the public to be on the lookout for any type of forced entry, loose parts or wires.

Customers can also pay inside and police say it's better to use a credit card than a debit card while also paying attention to bank statements to make sure there aren't any unusual transactions.

6 on Your Side also learned that Jackson's trains their employees to be alert and that was the biggest factor in this arrest.