Two more skimmers found at Punta Gorda gas station

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Two skimmers were found at a gas station in Punta Gorda just before a new city ordinance takes effect to make it harder for crooks to use skimmers.

It's happened not once, but twice at the Mobil/Circle K on the corner of U.S. 41 and Burnt Store Road. 

A new city ordinance takes effect Sunday. It will require all gas stations within city limits to install a secondary lock for all pumps, have location-specific keys for each station instead of a master key, or have an internal device to prevent skimmers. 

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"I do look for the tags, and if I see it pulled off, I'll go to the next one," said driver Joe Schaver.

The devices, found by gas station staff, are under investigation by the Punta Gorda Police Department. 

"The best things you can do to avoid them is use a credit card rather than a debit card or use a debit card and run it as a credit card," said Lieutenant Dylan Renz.

These skimmers installed by thieves, give them access to your personal information, like a debit card pin number. 

That's why the city council is getting involved in the issue. Enacting a new ordinance. It goes into effect Sunday. 

"Identity theft is just so rampant right now. And I just hate to see that happen," City Council Representative Lynne Matthews said. "I've had my credit card compromised, so I know what I'm talking about. It's very scary." 

"Once that goes into effect, the police department will ensure all the stations across the city are complying," said Renz. 

It's a sigh of relief for drivers filling up at stations across Punta Gorda. 

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