3 charged in credit card skimming investigation

FRANKLIN, Va. (WAVY) — Franklin police made three arrests early Tuesday morning in the investigation of credit card information thefts.

Police say the victims first reported their credit card information had been stolen July 4 and used in Franklin and other cities.

Investigators figured out the credit card information was taken from a gas pump at the Duck-Thru on Hunterdale Road; on Monday, management discovered a credit card skimming device had been placed on one of the gas pumps.

After reviewing surveillance video, investigators identified the vehicle of the possible suspects. Detectives set up a surveillance of the business Monday night, and around 12:35 a.m. Tuesday they saw the same vehicle pull up to the pump where the credit card skimmer was found.

Two suspects were arrested at the scene. Detectives learned they have been staying at a motel on Armory Drive and executed a search warrant there. They found evidence of more crime in the motel room, and arrested a third suspect there.

Miguel Matos-Gamez, 54, Michel Ariel Matos Gutierrez, 28, Viridiana Lopez-Palacios, 27, were each charged with credit card theft, conspiracy to commit credit card theft, and unlawful use of a credit card scanning or re-encoding device.

All three are being held at Western Tidewater Regional Jail without bond.

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