Two arrested for attempting to install card skimmers at Tulsa QuikTrip

Men accused of trying to put scanners on QuikTrip pumps

TULSA, Okla. — Two men were arrested Wednesday night after police say they tried to install credit card skimmers at a Tulsa QuikTrip.

Jorge Valdes, 28, and Jose Torres, 38, were prying open gas pumps to install the skimmers at a QuikTrip at 9555 Riverside Pkwy, according to an arrest report.

QT tech support arrived and located a skimmer inside one of the pumps where Torres was parked in front of, police said.

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“QT utilizes our ‘pump shield’ program,” said Mike Thornbrugh, a spokesman with QuikTrip. “When there is any unauthorized attempt to open a pump, silent alarms alert us, the pumps are automatically shut off. Looks like two criminals made a bad choice.”

Burglary instruments used to get into the pumps were located and the damage to the pumps totaled $2,500, police said.

Police said the card skimmer used by the men uses Bluetooth to obtain credit card numbers, violating computer crimes laws.

Valdes and Torres are in the Tulsa County jail, facing several charges including malicious injury to property, identity theft and violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

Bond has not been set for either man.

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