TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Department of Agriculture said more than 20 credit card skimmers have been found at gas stations in the Tucson area in the last five months.
The Arizona Department of Agriculture said they've found 78 skimmers across the state already this year compared to only 11 all of 2015.
While the number of skimmer has increased, so has an alliance dedicated to stopping the theft.
"We are bringing together more partners and state agencies to turn around this trend of skimmers," said Mark W. Killian, Arizona Department of Agriculture director. "Inspectors from our Weights and Measure Division stepped up visits in the last few months."
The Arizona Department of Public Safety, police departments across the state, Attorney General's office and federal partners are working on investigative processes and looking into how to work with other states and financial institutions to track down the interstate criminals.
"We are going to maintain our intensive inspection of gas pumps in the state," said Michelle Wilson, Associate Director of the Division of Weights and Measures Services. "Until we can find a way to prevent the installation of skimmers, we're going to protect consumers the best way possible – removing the skimmers from the pumps."
Here is a list of the skimmers found in the Tucson area.
- Eight skimmers were found at a store near West Ina Road and Interstate 10 on May 12.
- Skimmer found at store near South Harrison and East Golf Links roads Aug. 13.
- Skimmer found at store near East Tanque Verde and South Kolb roads Aug. 15.
- Skimmer found at store near North Jefferson Avenue and East Speedway Boulevard Aug. 18.
- Four skimmers found at store near South Alamo Avenue and East 22nd Street Aug. 29.
- Two skimmers found at store near West Grant Road and North Dragoon Street Aug. 31.
- Skimmer found at store near North Houghton Road and East Speedway Boulevard Sept. 29.
- Two skimmers found at store near East Valencia and South Country Club roads Oct. 19.
- Skimmer found at store near North Oracle and West Hardy roads Oct. 15.