Phoenix police looking for suspects caught on camera installing ATM card skimmer

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(Source: Silent Witness) (Source: Silent Witness)
(Source: Silent Witness) (Source: Silent Witness)
(Source: Silent Witness) (Source: Silent Witness)

Police are looking for two people who were caught on camera installing an ATM skimmer at a Phoenix convenience store last month.

According to Silent Witness, the incident happened at a Circle K near 52nd Street and McDowell Road on Jan. 19.

[WATCH: Surveillance video of the incident from the store]

The two suspects walked directly to the store's ATM and placed a skimmer device on the machine, police said.

The suspects then paid cash for a beverage at the register and left the store.

Police say that after the skimmer was placed, at least seven people used the ATM before the store clerk was alerted about the skimmer by another customer.

"That 16 digit code will be downloaded, so you don't realize you've been a victim of theft," said Sgt. James Rothchild, with Silent Witness.  "But once they have that information, they can do online purchases, purchase over the phone, and they can start to hit your account."

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The first suspect was described as a white or Hispanic man, about 20 to 29 years old. He was wearing a black baseball hat, an orange down coat with hood, black skinny pants and orange tennis shoes.

Police described the second suspect as a white or Hispanic woman, about 20 to 24 years old. She was seen wearing a gray long sleeve shirt, a 'Nightmare Before Christmas' pants, orange slippers and black socks.

Rothchild said the best thing customers can do to avoid being scammed to pay close attention to the ATM they are using, and if it looks like it may have been tampered with, they should report it and use another ATM.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Silent Witness at either 480-WITNESS (948-6377) or 1-800-343-TIPS (8477). Spanish speakers may call 480-TESTIGO (837-8446). 

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