On Saturday, March 19, state and federal regulators, and law enforcement agencies conducted a gas pump blitz across Michigan to look for credit card skimmers.

Three were found, including one in Cedar Springs.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says more than 3,000 gas pumps were checked. The skimming devices were found at:

• Citgo, 4010 17 Mile Rd NE, Cedar Springs

• Mugg & Bopps South, 763 S. Michigan Ave., Howell

• Mobil, 921 E. Grand River Ave., Howell

The devices have been turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

MDARD partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Michigan State Police, Clinton County, Eaton County, Ingham County, Ionia County, Kalamazoo County, Kent County, Saginaw County, and Washtenaw County Sheriff’s offices, Brighton, Davison Township, Howell, Northfield Township, Pinckney and Unadilla Township police departments, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Credit card skimmers can’t be seen from outside the pump. Criminals use keys to quickly open the pumps, insert the skimmers and leave. Skimmers can be installed in seconds. The skimmers then make a copy of the consumer’s card information for criminals to use.

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