Man sought in credit card skimming at Volusia County Publix Stores

Surveillance captures man putting skimming device at Publix ATMs

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - Police in Volusia County are searching for the man who was spotted placing credit card skimming devices on ATMs at Publix stores.

Police said Saturday the man was spotted on surveillance at the Publix on State Road 44 in New Smyrna Beach in the early morning hours, put the device on and then returned later in the afternoon to get the device.

Several victims have reported using the ATM and saw suspicious activity with their accounts in West Palm Beach and Tamarac, according to the release.

Renee Ownby was a victim of the skimmer at the New Smyrna Beach Publix ATM. She had used the ATM over the weekend but was notified days later by her bank that someone in South Florida was attempting to spend her money.

"He tried to take out one thousand dollars," Ownby said, "It's horrible to feel like a victim." Ownby said she had advice for the scammer, "Get a job and make money the honest way," she said.

Police believe the same man has targeted three different Publix ATMs secretly placing the skimming devices on the machines over the weekend.

The suspect was first caught on surveillance cameras at the Publix off Roscommon Drive in Ormond Beach and then at the Publix off Nova Road in Port Orange.

Deputies say the suspect is a white male in his 40's and may live in the South Florida area.

Contact police if you have any information on the man's identity.

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