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Two men arrested for placing credit card skimmers on gas pumps in Camarillo

Juan Sosa-Tamayo
Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Juan Sosa-Tamayo, 31, of Las Vegas, Nevada
Adrian Leyva-Tamayo
Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Adrian Leyva-Tamayo, 30, of Las Vegas, Nevada

CAMARILLO, Calif. - Two men were arrested in Camarillo after being caught on surveillance footage installing credit card skimmers into gas pumps at the Adolfo Gas Station on Adolfo Road.

The incident occurred around 11:25 p.m. on Wednesday.

Camarillo Patrol deputies were dispatched to the scene after the men were caught tampering with the gas pumps on video surveillance.

When they arrived, deputies said they saw the two individuals still working on one of the gas pumps. When the deputies tried to contact them, the men fled the area on foot.

Deputies said they established a perimeter, but eventually located the men hiding in some nearby bushes. They were then arrested without incident.

The men were associated with a black pickup truck that was parked at the gas station. Deputies searched the pickup truck and located more skimmers, some gift cards, bolt cutters, drills, locks, keys and other tools consistent with skimmer installation and removal.

Police later identified the suspects as 31-year-old Juan Sosa-Tamayo and 30-year-old Adrian Leyva-Tamayo, both from Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sosa-Tamayo and Leyva-Tamayo were both booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility on charges of computer access and fraud, fraudulent use of a card scanning device, attempted identity theft, conspiring to commit a crime, possession of burglary tools, vandalism and resisting arrest.

The Camarillo Police Department would like to remind the public to always check for signs of tampering when using a remote pay device or ATM:

  • If something looks odd about the device, don't use it.
  • Assume someone is watching you when you are entering your PIN and cover the keypad with your free hand when entering the numbers.
  • If you use a debit or credit card you should always closely monitor your accounts for unauthorized use.
  • Always report unauthorized transactions to your financial institution.
  • Obtain all the information about the illegal uses and report them to the police.

The Camarillo Police Department would like the community to know that they have an anti 'skimmer' program in place and regularly check credit card devices throughout the city. If you notice something strange about a device you are using, contact Camarillo police immediately at 654-9511.

Safety / Ventura County

Jessica Brest

Jessica Brest is a digital journalist and assignment editor at KEYT | KCOY | KKFX.