(KMOV.com) --Police say Lake St. Louis residents need to check their bank statement after about 300 people had money taken out of their accounts, authorities say many more may be victims of identity theft.
Police say this is not a case of someone perhaps sitting at a computer on the other side of the world, they believe a “skimming” device was placed in the area.
Lake Saint Louis police say last week they started getting reports of illegal withdrawals from the victims’ accounts through ATMs.
Now investigators are looking at all the victim; going through all their transactions to connect the dots and determine where a skimming device might have been used.
“We’re looking at similarities between victims,” said Lake St. Louis Police Chief Mike Force. “All of them appear to have shopped at one point or another at Lake St. Louis at a variety of stores so we have to narrow that down and see if we can find out if a device was placed at one of those stores or gas stations or locations.”
Police say a device could have been used at more than one location to record the victims’ account information.
Victims are scattered around the area. Local police are being aided by the Secret Service in the investigation.