Metro Vancouver Transit Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in the placement who placed a credit/debit card skimmer on three Compass Vending Machines on the Canada Line.
In a July release, Vancouver Police stated that the Vancouver City Centre and YVR Airport stations were targeted. In particular, they said that the skimmers were active on Sunday, July 8th.
Consequently, police reviewed the Canada Line CCTV video, and were able to isolate several images of a male suspect.
Forensic analysis determined the skimmers were comprised of two parts. First, the camera portion, which is used to film people entering their cards security PIN. Second, the card reader portion, which collects data from the card. In addition, the card reader was equipped with Bluetooth capabilities with a range of approximately 10 meters.
What’s more, the camera required a micro secure digital card (Micro SD card), which would need to be physically removed from the skimmer in order to retrieve the acquired video.
Metro Vancouver Card Skimmer
The suspect male is described as a Caucasian male, and 30-40 years old. He is described as 6’1” to 6’2” tall with a thin build. Further, he has medium brown hair, which was longer on the top and shortly shaved on the sides. In addition, he was clean shaven at the time of the crime, wearing slim fitting pants, pointed dress shoes, navy blue blazer and carrying a man’s courier bag.
Transit Police believe it is highly unlikely that any credit or debit cards were compromised; however, further forensic analysis is still to be completed.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of this suspect or who witnessed this incident is asked to contact Metro Vancouver Transit Police tip-line at 604.516.7419 or text us using code 87.77.77 (ref. file# 2018-12355).