Police warn about credit card skimmers at gas pumps

ROMANIAN WOMEN WERE BUSTED WITH SKIMMING DEVICES SO FAR 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS HAS BEEN STOLEN FROM PEOPLE HERE THE COASTAL BEND

AS ACTION 10'S MAYRA CORDOVA FOUND OUT THE 2 WOMEN MAY BE PART OF A MUCH LARGER CRIME OPERATIO s> <itemID>3 <LINDA LOPEZ "I didn't spend 500 bucks at one place"> LINDA LOPEZ IS ONE OF MANY PEOPLE <LINDA LOPEZ "theres no way I was in two places at once"> WHO HAD MONEY TAKEN FROM THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS <LINDA LOPEZ "the officer informed I was the 5th person just in his shift that had come in"> <MARK CORY: PORTLAND POLICE CHIEF"we currently have approximately 30" > POLICE CHIEF MARK CORY SAYS IT'S CONNECTED TO THEIR LATEST CREDIT CARD SKIMMING INVESTIGATION <MARK CORY: PORTLAND POLICE CHIEF "there out of the houston area, that's where this whole criminal investigation is centered" > PORTLAND POLICE ARRESTED 17- YEAR-OLD FRACESCA CIMPEANU AND HER YOUNGER SISTER WE'RE TOLD THEY WERE FOUND WITH TWO CREDIT CARD SKIMMERS DURING A TRAFFIC STOP <MARK CORY: PORTLAND POLICE CHIEF "through further investigatio we ended up in a hotel in corpus" > INVESTIGATORS SAY THER OFFICERS FOUND MORE SKIMMERS AND THE EQUIPMENT NEEDED TO MADE THE SKIMMING DEVICES

CIMPEANU REPORTEDLY CONFESSED TO PLACING AT LEAST 20 DEVICES <MARK CORY: PORTLAND POLICE CHIEF "just slid on over the credit card readers themselves" > IN GAS STATIONS AND ATMS <MARK CORY: PORTLAND POLICE CHIEF "corpus christi, portland, sinton, odem were all affected" > <MAYRA CORDOVA: "CORY TELLING US ROUGHLY 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM PEOPLE HERE IN PORTLAND" > <MARK CORY: PORTLAND POLICE CHIEF "but we're having people come in this morning and continue making the reports" > CHIEF CORY BELIEVES IT WAS A FAMILY AFFIAR AND HIS DEPARTMENT IS NOW WORKING WITH OTHER AGENCIES <MARK CORY: PORTLAND POLICE CHIEF "i assure you that there will be more arrests" > CORY IS WARNING PEOPLE <MARK CORY: PORTLAND POLICE CHIEF"don't use your bank debit card at gas pumps and things of that nature"> PAY INSIDE WITH THE CLERK BECAUSE WITH SKIMMERS

<MARK CORY: PORTLAND POLICE CHIEF "these suspects are able to get straight into your bank account" > MAYRA CORDOVA, ACTION 10 NEWS ACTION 10 NEWS WILL BE RIGHT MAYRA CORDOVA, ACTION 10 NEWS BACK