Choctaw police say suspects are stealing credit card numbers from local gas stations

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CHOCTAW, Okla. --  Rene Holbrook had just gotten paid last Friday night when she went to fill her car up with gas at the same station she always uses, the Country Boy gas station at Choctaw Road and S.E. 15th.

But her card showed insufficient funds.

“It’s Friday.  I just got paid and I don’t even have the money to get gas, and the banks are closed,” said Holbrook.  “I felt violated.  I thought how could somebody take the money out of my account?”

The same situation happened to Talin Evans.

She was at the Choctaw Police Department Monday afternoon filing her report.

“It’s frustrating, you know, because we work hard and this happens,” said Evans.

And Choctaw police say these two women are not alone.

They’ve taken about 20 different reports of credit card numbers being stolen over the last month, and the number is steadily growing.

Police say the common denominator with all the victims is the Country Boy gas station.

Last Friday, one victim alerted police just 30 minutes after his card number was used at the Wal-Mart in Choctaw.

Police obtained surveillance video from the store. They say it shows two men using credit card numbers that were reported stolen.

One of the men even tries to use four different credit cards before finding one that works.

He buys two $200 gift cards.

Both men walk out of the Wal-Mart separately and get into the same car, possibly a 2015 Ford Edge.

“They actually look like college students.  I mean they’re dressed really nice.  You know, they have ball caps on.  I mean one of them had nice loafers on, and they got into a really nice car,” said Office Belen Rodriguez with the Choctaw Police Department.

Police say the victims have reported their card numbers being used as far away as Canada.

“We’re thinking that maybe they’re getting the information and they’re possibly selling it,” said Officer Rodriguez.

Investigators couldn't find any skimmers at the gas station.

They’re wondering if the suspects somehow hacked into their wi-fi.

The owner of Country Boy Gas tells NewsChannel 4 they have changed out their modem, put new locks on the pumps, and installed extra cameras.

He says they’re doing everything they can to protect their customers.

If you recognize the men in the surveillance video, please call Choctaw police at 769-3821.

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