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By Tim Gallagher, Nuspire Networks
Recent breaches that have impacted more than 350 MAPCO Express locations indicate convenience store chains are increasingly becoming prime retail targets for cybercrime activity.
The growing threat of breaches for convenience stores should come as no surprise. The constant stream of customers frequenting these establishments presents increased incentive for cybercriminals to expose in-store vulnerabilities.
Texas Rangers recently arrested five people in Laredo for allegedly stealing about $500,000 worth of oilfield equipment, according to court documents.
State authorities identified the suspects as David Roberto Vela Sr., 52, David Roberto Vela Jr., 28, Esperanza Vela-Valdez, 53, Marco Antonio Garcia, 41, and Javier Cantu, 44.
The Velas, Vela-Valdez and Cantu were charged with theft, tampering with physical evidence and engaging in organized criminal activity.
Garcia faces a theft charge.
All defendants are out on bond.
You may have heard about criminals hiding payment-card skimmers in gas pumps to steal credit card numbers.
But this isn't your classic case of identity theft — stealing those digits is just the start.
Instead of going on shopping sprees or buying flat-screen TVs, organized crime gangs are buying hundreds or thousands of gallons of diesel fuel, and reselling them to make an untraceable profit.
Clever thieves suck diesel from underground tanks!. Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies have arrested and charged Roilan Cabrera, Dan Gonzalez and Alondra Oliva for their involvement in three diesel fuel thefts in Marion County. The three subjects went to three different gas stations in Marion County and used a van that was equipped with an elaborate gas siphoning system and stole over $3,000 worth of diesel from the businesses.
LILBURN, Georgia (CNN) – An ingenious way thieves get cash from your stolen credit card numbers is by stealing, then selling huge amounts of gasoline, right from the pump. They use specially-outfitted vehicles; vans that look normal from the outside, but inside are nothing but a giant rolling gas tank.
What you can see in the video is gas being stolen. Police say it’s paid for with stolen credit cards and pumped into a gas tank like you’ve never seen before. For the past year and half, Lilburn, Georgia police detective Bert Ross has been tracking a ring of gas thieves.
Liburn Police investigators have now charged seven people with operating a “pump and dump” scheme blamed for the theft of thousands of gallons of diesel fuel.
The arrests culminate an 18-month investigation that included the assistance of the U.S. Secret Service as well as several local and state agencies.
Capt. Thomas Bardugon says the suspects were all owners or employees of AV Transport, a trucking company operating out of Lilburn.
All seven suspects are Cuban immigrants, but Bardugon did not know if they are in the country illegally.