News Story


Gas Station Skimmer Arrests
8/11/2017 1:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Gas Station Skimmer Arrests

Report Number:



Adolfo Gas

4007 Adolfo Road


Date & Time:

08/10/2017 11:50 pm

Unit(s) Responsible:

Camarillo Patrol, Camarillo Investigations

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(V) Adolfo Gas

(A) Adis Poghosyan

(A) Tigran Ghazaryan

(A) Adels Torosyan






On August 10, 2017, Camarillo Patrol deputies were dispatched to a suspicious subject call at Adolfo Gas in Camarillo. Deputies arrived and after their investigation, arrested 3 suspects for placing credit card skimmers in gas pumps at the location.


Adolfo Gas was recently purchased by a new owner.  After purchasing the business, the owner made several improvements to better serve and protect his customers. One improvement was the installation of a state of the art video surveillance system. 


On August 10, 2017, at approximately 11:50 PM, the business owner was watching his surveillance camera feed remotely and observed three male subjects at his business, which was closed.  The owner saw the subjects tampering with the fuel pumps.  The owner believed the subjects were placing credit card skimmers at the location and immediately contacted Ventura County Sheriff's Dispatch and reported the incident.  Deputies from the Camarillo Police Department arrived on scene within approximately two minutes and detained the subjects.

Through their investigation, deputies were able to determine that the gas pumps at the location had been tampered with.  Camarillo Police Detectives responded to assist in the investigation.  Detectives located and recovered credit card skimming devices that had been placed inside the gas pumps by the subjects.  A search of the subjects and their vehicle yielded additional evidence linking them to the placement of credit card skimming devices.  Deputies contacted surrounding gas stations in the area and checked for any evidence of tampering.  None was located as of this press release.


Adis Poghosyan, Tigran Ghazaryan, Adels Torosyan were all arrested without incident.  All three suspects were booked into the Ventura County Main Jail and charged with 530.5 PC (identity Theft), 182 PC (Conspiracy), 502.6 PC (Use of Scanning Device to commit Fraud), and 136 PC (dissuading a Witness).


The Camarillo Police Department would like to remind the public when using a remote pay device or an ATM, always check the device for signs of tampering. If something looks odd about the device, don't use it. Assume someone is watching you when you are entering your PIN and cover the keypad with your free hand when entering the numbers.


If you use a debit or credit card you should always closely monitor your accounts for unauthorized use.  Always report unauthorized transactions to your financial institution.  Obtain all the information about the illegal uses and report them to the police.


The Camarillo Police Department would like the community to know that we have an anti 'skimmer' program in place and regularly check credit card devices throughout the city. If you notice something strange about a device you are using, contact us immediately at 654-9511.





Prepared by:

Senior Deputy Shawn Holzberger


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Tim Lohman




Approved by:

Commander Dave Murray