KATY (Covering Katy News) – Harris County Precinct 5 Deputy Constables are asking for the public’s help identifying a man caught trying to attach a skimmer to an ATM machine in Katy.
An employee at a Circle K convenience store in the 1900 block of Katy Fort Bend Road noticed the suspect tampering with the store’s ATM on the evening of April 30. When employees confronted the male, he exited the store and left the skimmer behind.
Skimmers are illegal devices made to be affixed to the mouth of an ATM or credit card reader which secretly steal credit and debit card information when unknowing customers use their cards into the machines. Experts estimate skimmer fraud costs consumers in the U.S. more than $1 billion annually.
The employees followed the suspect’s van to a parking lot in the 22800 block of Morton Road, where he left the vehicle and lost his pursuers.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male with a Cuban accent. He has short black hair combed to the side, a medium build and is approximately 18-25 years old. The suspect was last seen wearing a grey shirt with dark horizontal stripes, a tan cap, blue jeans and a dark hoodie. He was driving a gold 2002 Chrysler van.
If you recognize this suspect or have any information that may help in the investigation of this crime, please contact Investigator K. Fesperman at 281-463-6666. Or let us know through our online crime tips webpage: https://constablepct5.com/index.php/online-crime-tips/