Over the past two months, someone illegally collected numbers from at least 13 credit and debit cards and bought goods out of state.
Police still aren’t sure how the thieves were doing it, but they think the connection could be a Franklin car wash, where all of the cards had been used. Since May 7, 13 people have reported their credit or debit card was fraudulently used at stores in other states after they visited the car wash at Bradley Hubler Chevrolet, 1550 N. Morton St. A total of $837 has been spent — as far as police know right now.
Police suspect someone used a skimming device, which can be placed into a credit card reader — often without a business’s knowledge — and can copy information off swiped cards to steal the numbers. But the information could have been stolen other ways, such as by someone hacking into a credit card processing system, Franklin Police Department Lt. Pete Ketchum said. No skimming device was found on the outside or inside of the machine at the car wash, he said.