Man sought in Daytona Beach Publix ATM credit card skimming

Credit card information comprised with device, officials say

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Daytona Beach officers are searching for the man who they say put a skimming device on the Presto ATM outside of a Publix Supermarket.

The Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety was notified by the management of the store, located on 3050 South Atlantic Avenue, on Sunday morning, when the device was found.

The skimming device was found to be equipped with a card reader and electronic memory used to capture and store credit card and personal identification numbers. That information can then be used to make cloned credit cards.

Sally Lancaster is a computer programmer who lives just a block away from the Publix. She told Local 6 she was shocked to learn about the skimmer.

"I'm kind of surprised it happened here because you hear about it out there, but you never hear about it in your backyard," says Lancaster. "All I can do I pray, pray that it doesn't happen to me because you never know."

Detectives said they have linked to two other cases of skimming this past weekend. One of them happened at a Suntrust Bank in the same area on South Atlantic Avenue, authorities said.

ATM skimmers are a growing trend in Central Florida. Back in November, a man secretly put a skimmer on an ATM in Lake Mary. It also happened at a Publix in New Smyrna Beach.

"I see it in every city and every town. It's very prevalent and you need to beware," said Charlie Quick.

 Experts say check your account daily and if you must use an ATM only use one indoors.

If you used ATM machines at the Publix or Suntrust on South Atlantic Avenue or a Suntrust in Port Orange this weekend, contact your bank to make sure you're not a victim.

The man who officials believe was responsible was described as a Hispanic male in his 20s.

For any additional information, please contact Detective Sergeant Michael Fowler at (386) 527-8273.

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