Saturday, November 25, 2017
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Authorities say suspects likely did not obtain information from skimming devices in Hernando

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BROOKSVILLE — The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said Friday that four credit card skimming devices discovered on gas pumps at a Hess service station east of Brooksville did not have wireless capabilities and that personal information likely was not compromised.

The devices on pumps at the Hess station at Cortez Boulevard and Spring Lake Highway recorded 342 card numbers, according to an analysis. But since the devices did not have wireless capabilities, the suspects who placed them there would have had to retrieve them in order to obtain any information, authorities from the Sheriff's Office and U.S. Secret Service said.

The devices, which were discovered Wednesday by the store manager during his normal inspection of the pumps, were on pumps 1, 2, 7 and 8 and were operational between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 7:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Anyone who observed anything suspicious at the station during that time is asked to contact sheriff's Detective Tony Aguiar at (352) 754-6830 or [email protected]

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