Troopers arrest man for using skim gift cards – Delaware State Police
Delaware State Police arrested a Philadelphia man for using illegally skimmed cash cards at a Newark gas station yesterday afternoon.
On November 20, 2022, at approximately 3:38 p.m., soldiers responded to Sunoco located at 520 JFK Memorial Highway regarding a suspicious subject who was observed using numerous payment cards at a gas pump. The soldiers contacted a 28-year-old man Edward Whitefield-Dukes, who was filling a large fuel tank in the bed of his rental van. While speaking with soldiers, Whitefield-Dukes threw a credit card reader and writer into a nearby trash can. Troopers recovered the device and Whitefield-Dukes was arrested at the scene without incident. A search of the Whitefield-Dukes truck led to the discovery of numerous Wawa gift cards that were encoded with various credit card numbers from different financial institutions that were not associated with Wawa.
Whitefield-Dukes was transported to Troop 6 and charged with the following crimes:
- Possession of a payment card reader (felony)
- Possession of instruments facilitating identity theft (felony) – 10 counts
- Theft under $1,500
Whitefield-Dukes was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court No. 11 and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Facility on $42,000 cash bond.
This case was investigated with the help of the FBI. The FBI also has a website that provides information and advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of credit card skimming, which can be accessed by following this link.
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Presented by Public Information Officer, Senior Corporal Leonard DeMalto
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