Duncan theft opens door to debit card fraud

Anyone who spotted suspicious activity at Duncan’s White Spot Restaurant during the weekend is asked to contact local Mounties.

The call for information comes after someone broke into the local eatery and stole a debit machine plus handheld debit device.

“What people do is open those things up to plant a skimmer in them, and then put the machine back into a different business without the business’ knowledge,” explained Const. Markus Lueder, spokesman at the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment.

“All of a sudden every transaction is available for fraudulence.”

The theft was reported on Saturday morning.

“Review of surveillance footage shows record of the thief breaking open the front doors of the restaurant and then walking inside and stealing two debit machines from different locations in the restaurant before leaving,” Lueder said in a media release.

“The thief was wearing a hoody and was careful not to leave fingerprints at the scene.”

Police are further investigating the crime and examining other surveillance footage, but request the assistance of the public to determine the identity of the individual involved in the theft. Anyone with information about the incident can contact the detachment at 250-748-5522, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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