Police find equipment used to skim credit cards after pulling man over for speeding

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Mug shot of Jacob Smith courtesy of Indiana State Police

GREENE COUNTY , Ind. – State troopers found equipment used to skim credit cards after pulling over a man for reckless driving on I-69.

On Tuesday afternoon, police conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle traveling 105 miles per hour.

During the course of the traffic stop, troopers observed numerous indications that led them to believe the driver was involved in criminal activity.

“Things just didn’t add up,” State Police Sgt. Rich Myers said.

It was discovered the vehicle was a rental, and the two occupants were not authorized to drive the car. The vehicle was impounded and an ISP K9 handler and his K9 partner were called to the scene.

After obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle, troopers located a compartment that contained a loaded firearm and equipment used to skim credit cards from gas pumps. Troopers also located four master skeleton keys used to unlock gas pump doors.

Jacob Smith, 20, of New Mexico, was taken into custody and the United States Secret Service was contacted regarding the located equipment.

Smith told officers the equipment was used to skim credit cards from gas pumps. Smith stated that once the skimmer on the gas pump is installed, information recorded on it can be retrieved by simply pulling into the parking lot and connecting via Bluetooth.

Smith was arrested and taken to the Greene County Jail without incident. He has been charged with possession of a skimming device, a level 6 felony, possession of a handgun without a permit, Class A misdemeanor, and reckless driving, Class B misdemeanor.

To be charged with a federal offense, a “skimming” case must reach a specific monetary or number of victims threshold.  Troopers will continue working with the U.S. Secret Service regarding the amounts and victims related to this case.

Earlier this week, CBS4 spoke to Bloomington Police about the first card skimmers found inside gas pumps in the area. Those skimmers, found at two Bloomington Circle K stations and a Circle K in Bedford, were similar in style. Martinsville Police also reported a skimmer found at a Circle K back in late December.

Bloomington Police and Indiana State Police are working together to figure out if the skimmers belonged to Smith.

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