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Armstrong County gas stations hit by ‘skimmer’ credit card thefts

The search is on for whoever installed “skimmers” on some gasoline pumps to steal credit or debit card information in Armstrong and at least two other counties.

Troopers are investigating complaints from at least a dozen customers at gas stations near Kittanning, Elderton and Rayburn in Armstrong County.

Similar cases are being investigated by troopers and police at Indiana and Greensburg.

The skimmers are small, illegal card reading devices installed on gas pumps. Some are exposed on the outside of the pump but designed to appear like they are part of the payment mechanism. Others fit inside the real machine.

State police aren’t yet identifying which stations were involved so not to damage business for stations or stores that were subject to theft.

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