Reading Police Department Investigating Credit Card Skimmer Found in Local Store

READING — Chief David Clark reports that the Reading Police Department is investigating after a credit card skimmer was found in a Market Basket location in Reading.

On Monday, Oct. 30, a representative of Market Basket Security and Loss Prevention contacted the Reading Police Department because a skimming device was found placed on a credit card machine at a register inside Market Basket several days earlier on Oct. 26.

A surveillance image showing two suspects who placed a skimming device on a credit card machine in Market Basket in Reading. Anyone with information on their identities is asked to call Reading Police at 781-944-1212. (Courtesy Reading Police Department)

The device was located by Market Basket employees on the same day it was placed, and a review of data by the store’s IT department indicates that the device was located and removed before any sensitive data could be stolen.

A review of surveillance video shows that one suspect distracted a clerk while the other suspect placed the skimming device on the credit card machine.

One of the suspects is described as a white or Hispanic male, wearing a black hat, face mask, black jacket, white shirt, black jeans and white shoes. The second suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male wearing a black hat, face mask, black jacket, black shirt, blue jeans and white and black sneakers.

The Reading Police Department is actively investigating this incident with assistance of law enforcement partners in other communities in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

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