ROSEVILLE, Minn. - About 300 customers of the Chinese Gourmet Express restaurant in the Rosedale Center mall were the victims of a credit and debit card skimming scheme, according to the Roseville Police Department.
Police said that total losses are about $100,000.
In May, the Roseville Police Department said they began receiving calls from Rosedale Center employees, who were complaining that their card information had been compromised and their card numbers were being used throughout the country.
A number of banks and credit unions alerted detectives that customers were experiencing similar problems. The financial institutions were able to link the theft to the Chinese Gourmet Express.
On Thursday, June 21, Roseville Police Officers with assistance from the Rams County Sheriff's Department Computer Forensics Unit executed a search warrant at the Chinese Gourmet Express Restaurant.
Investigators said they confiscated business receipts, cellular telephones, computer equipment, surveillance imaging and a credit card machine for further forensic examination.
Detectives said they interviewed a number of the restaurants employees at the time of the search, but made no arrests.
Shortly after executing the search warrant, the Chinese Gourmet Express Cooperate Office in California called the lead detective and explained that the corporation had become aware of a computer breach about two weeks earlier, police said. The restaurant did not notify local law enforcement of the security breach.
The Roseville Police Department is seeking customers who ate at the restaurant and used a credit or debit care between March 1 and
June 1 to call 651-792-7297. Investigators wish to compile a list of victims and their respective losses.
This case remains under investigation.