SPRING CITY PA – The debit card-skimming crime wave that began during December in Lower Pottsgrove township, then spread in early January to Pennsburg borough, and continued only a few days ago to Limerick township now has reared its head in another municipality: Spring City borough, its police department reported Friday (Feb. 2, 2018) on its Facebook page.
The department said it is investigating an incident that occurred Thursday (Feb. 1) at 8:22 p.m. at the Turkey Hill Convenience Store at Main and Bridge streets, and was discovered an hour and 10 minutes later, at 9:32 p.m. Police alleged two unidentified subjects (whose picture is at top left) distracted a store clerk and secretly installed the illegal device (top right) that remembers and collects payment card data which can be later used by thieves.
The combination reader and storage “unit was disabled and removed (before) anyone’s accounts (were) compromised” to its knowledge, the department added. However, it warned customers who visited the Spring City Turkey Hill on Thursday to nonetheless “check your accounts to ensure” they weren’t affected.
The department claimed its suspects also appear to have been involved with card-skimming devices found in Lower Pottsgrove and Limerick. Spring City will work with those agencies on their joint investigation, it said.
In a separate announcement, Lower Pottsgrove Police Chief Michael Foltz said Friday persons of interest it was seeking in its investigation may have been spotted Thursday at about 4:30 p.m. inside the Aldi Supermarket on Armand Hammer Boulevard in that township, “trying to recover the device.”
Photos from the Spring City Police Department