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Skimming device found on Publix ATM

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Employees at the Publix near Gandy and Dale Mabry found a skimming device and camera attached to the ATM outside the store, and now detectives are looking for the man who installed it.

Police checked surveillance video from the store and found three clips of a man installing it, then coming back in different clothing to check it.

The surveillance video was from this past Tuesday, October 23. Police say if you used the ATM on that day to check and keep an eye on your accounts.

When it comes to getting cash on the go, Mary Currington relies on the ATM at the Publix on West Gandy.

"I've used it about three times this week," said Currington.

She's not the only one who has spent some significant time in front of the machine.

A surveillance camera captured an unidentified man at the ATM three times himself, but he wasn't getting money.

Tampa Police say he was trying to steal yours.

"The manager at Publix went out to check his ATM and noticed that there was a skimming device on it," said Officer Irene Thomas of the Tampa Police Department. "When you swipe your card, if there's a skimmer in place, it will capture your information on there."

They say he was caught on camera installing the skimmer in this video on October 23.

Investigators say he came back twice that day, in different clothes, to check on the device.

There's a chance the skimmer would have stayed in place longer if the manager at the store hadn't caught it, but it is policy that they check their ATMs for devices every day.

"That makes me feel a little better," Currington said.

But it's not just a Publix problem.

Police say there has been increased activity with skimmers in the area and that this problem could happen at any ATM.

"We will be checking into other ATMs in other areas to see if there's any connection with any other cases that we may have," said Thomas.

People who use the ATM are uneasy about the news.

"It's pretty scary," said Mikel Boyd of Tampa

"In a way it's surprising because you never hear about stuff like this in your backyard," said Andrew Bernstein of Tampa.

Some say the incident may change the way they go about getting cash in the future.

"It makes me sort of want to go to the bank and draw out all the money I need right there and then keep it on me you know," Currington said.

Tampa Police say for now they hope someone sees this video and can help them solve this case.

"We're hoping with the public's help that we'll get this guy identified and arrested as soon as possible," said Thomas.

Police say if you've used the ATM at the Publix on West Gandy in the last week or so, check your bank statement and make sure everything is ok.

They say if you think your account has been compromised, give them a call.

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