ALBANY, LA (WAFB) - Officials with Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office confirm two individuals were arrested in connection with card skimming devices discovered at an Kangaroo Express gas station located in Albany.
A joint investigation between the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office Financial Crimes Division and the U.S. Secret Service led to the arrest of 21-year-old Claudia Cruz-Torres and 26-year-old Yasmel Alvarez-Rangel. Both were allegedly caught in the act of placing the devices inside a gas pump at the Kangaroo Express.
Upon arrest, investigators also discovered 2 gas pump skimmers, 28 counterfeit credit cards, over $5,000 in cash, a handgun, gas pump keys and several electronic devices used to duplicate and produce counterfeit credit cards.
Both Cruz-Torres and Alvarez-Rangel were booked in the Livingston Parish Detention Center on charges of bank fraud, monetary instrument abuse, and anti-skimming act.
Officials say suspects usually target the outer side gas pumps that are farthest from the gas station. Through skimmers, suspects obtain an individual's credit card information and create duplicate credit cards that they can use to conduct unauthorized purchases.
The investigation is ongoing.