Burglar hits 10 Long Beach businesses in credit card reader refund scam, police say – Reuters

Police said they are investigating a series of nightly burglaries in downtown Long Beach where they believe the perpetrator stole point-of-sale terminals, which are then used to withdraw money from customers’ accounts. victim companies.

The first in a string of burglaries occurred Sept. 4 in the 600 block of Redondo Avenue, police said. At least nine more reported incidents followed, with the final two occurring on East Broadway on Wednesday.

Only one person is responsible, according to the police, who have not yet identified a suspect. He was only described as a man of unknown race and age who uses a face covering and gloves. He is believed to be around 5ft 6in to 5ft 8in, police said.

The scam, which was seen in Orange Countyis new to Long Beach, according to the Downtown Long Beach Alliance.

These are thieves targeting payment terminals, which they can use to refund company money to prepaid or stolen credit cards, which can then be used to withdraw cash at an ATM automatique.

“Ultimately, businesses are strongly advised to remove all electronic devices, including tablets and cell phones, and lock them in a secure location,” according to the DLBA.

The LBPD will place additional resources in affected areas overnight as detectives continue to investigate, according to the department.

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