Three arrested for skimmers found on gas pumps, dozens of stolen debit card numbers
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Three people have been arrested after a credit card skimmer was recovered from a gas station and 25 cards with stolen identities were recovered from a Nashville hotel room.
According to the arrest affidavits for Claudia Pena-Rodriguez, Raul Rodriguez, and Jenry Chavez, Metro Nashville Police first observed Claudia Pena-Rodriguez using stolen debit card information to purchase two money orders at a Nolensville Pike Post Office.
Pena-Rodriguez was captured on video using the stolen information to purchase the money orders which totaled $1,783.30.
On Tuesday, Pena-Rodriguez and the other two suspects were found to have installed and removed credit card skimmers on two Brick Church Pike Exxon gas station pumps. Police say the devices found had the numbers 24 and 31 written on them.
Police then served a search warrant at the Red Roof Inn on Sidco Drive where two of the defendants were staying. Inside, officers found a plastic bag with 25 cards encoded with debit card numbers and PIN information written on the back.
Also inside the room was a reencoder with several tablet devices and encoded credit cards.
The suspects are facing charges of identity theft, possession of a reencoder, and criminal simulation. Both Chavez and Pena-Rodriguez are being held on detainers for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.