Miami men accused of installing skimming devices at Sarasota gas stations

Suspects arrested on multiple charges

By Peter Burke - Managing Editor

Michel Varona-Saavedra (left) and Yoandy Perez-Del Prado are accused of placing skimming devices at three gas stations in Sarasota.

SARASOTA, Fla. - Two Miami men have been arrested on Florida's Gulf Coast for installing skimming devices at three Sarasota gas stations, deputies said.

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office deputies first discovered the skimming devices early Wednesday after a citizen called 911 to report seeing a suspicious Chevrolet Camaro parked at a closed Sunoco gas station.

Deputies arrived as the car was leaving and followed it before conducting a traffic stop.

During a search of the car, deputies found two skimming devices, cordless drills and a set of keys used to open the gas pumps.

Detectives said the driver, Michel Varona-Saavedra, and passenger, Yoandy Perez-Del Prado, were arrested.

Investigators later found skimming devices at a Citgo and 7-Eleven in addition to the one at the Sunoco. They said they also found Varona-Saavedra in possession of five counterfeit credit cards.

Varona-Saavedra and Perez-Del Prado were arrested on multiple charges.

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