OIA parking worker arrested after skimming credit cards, cops say

Cops say parking employee stole credit card information, had friend make purchases

ORLANDO, Fla. - Orange County deputies arrested an Orlando International Airport parking services worker after they say she used a skimmer to steal credit card information from parking patrons.

Elizabeth Linkel, 32, was charged with using a scanning device and possession of credit card making equipment on Thursday morning.

Deputies said Linkel, employed by ABM Parking Services, used the skimming device at the OIA parking garage and then gave that information to John Valera, who would use the credit card information to make purchases.

Video at Walmart showed Valera was at the store on April 10 and made a $100 purchase with stolen credit card information.

Valera, 34, faces fraudulent use of credit card charges.

Investigators say Linkel had access to steal more than 100 credit cards. She was arrested at her home on Thursday morning.

If anyone is aware that they may have been a victim yet to be identified, call Orlando Police at 321-235-5300.

Vivian Murciano just got back from a business trip and will not be using her credit card to pay for parking her car at the airport.

"I'm thinking I'm safer and I don't have hassle of having to go to an off-site parking space and you would think it was a little bit safer within the airport authority," she said.

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