Couple in California Accused of Skimming at a Minnesota Gas Station
A couple from California is accused of implanting credit card skimmers on six gas pumps at a New Hope Shell Station early in July.
Sarksis Mkhshyan, 29, and Gohar Yesayan, 28, have both been arrested for placing the skimmers on the pumps and were found with a list of 100 other gas stations. Authorities are unsure of what their plans were with the list of stations that were found on them. Nonetheless, the six skimmers that they did manage to plant on the machines copied 8 credit card numbers when the cardholders paid at the pumps.
The purpose of skimmers is to copy credit card numbers and thieves use these credit card numbers for identity theft reasons. Both Mkhsyan and Yesayan face 9 felony counts of identity theft.
The individuals whose card numbers were stolen had no idea that the theft had occurred. The card readers at the pumps behaved no differently than they would have in a normal transaction. Authorities are trying to figure out how the skimmers were placed into the pumps, as neither one of the suspects are being cooperative in the matter.
This is also not Mkhsyan’s first identity theft arrest. He was arrested in California two months ago, but was released on bond.
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