ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque police have released a major update on a crime that had the city on its toes. Detectives now have more information for the public about the skimmer operation that nabbed hundreds of victims’ credit card information.
The Albuquerque Police Department said at least 200 people’s credit card information was compromised in this skimmer ring operation. But after a months-long investigation, they say it’s now safe to start using your cards again at gas station pumps across Albuquerque.
APD has identified a total of six suspects that they say have been living in Albuquerque for at least a year, but have ties to Cuba.
Since the skimmers were numbered, police were initially concerned there was a high number of skimmers being used, but now, they believe no more than five were used at any given time.
Police said the suspects may have removed them before skipping town. The skimmers were found inside of the pumps and automatically recorded the credit card information, which in turn was duplicated into a clone card and then used at stores with self-check outs.
Detectives said they were able to track down three skimmers thanks to the Department of Agriculture conducting inspections at gas stations. Police have arrest warrants out for three suspects: Diamarelis Ramirez-Borges, Franciso Figueroa-Martinez and Jose Dieguezpineda.
There is another person of interest police would like to talk to — his name is Roiber Borge Cabrera.
If you know where these people are, call police.
Detectives also said they believe the suspects are no longer in Albuquerque, but have hit other New Mexico cities. If caught, they could face federal charges.
While they are still putting a dollar amount together, authorities believe the suspects made more than $10,000 in fraudulent purchases.
APD will not say where they recovered the three skimmers.