Sumter, SC (WLTX) A Sumter gas station owner says more $8,000 worth of gas has been stolen from her store within the last two months.
Sumter deputies say Tanners Gas Station is just one of several stations in the area that has become a victim of credit card fraud.
Monica Phan is the owner of Tanners Gas Station in Sumter and she say says someone has been stealing gas from her station since July. She has even briefly turned off the pay at the pump option...now she is not only out of about 8,000 dollars but is losing customers as well.
"I just feel like I am helpless, like I am failing on my job," said Phan.
Phan says she's enjoyed the past 4 years at the station, but this summer has been a rough one.
"This weekend they came three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday."
Since July someone has been fraudulently paying for thousands of dollars worth of gas. In August she says it was $5,200 and records show it was spent in eight hours.
In July they stole about $1,800 and that's just at her store. Sumter Sheriff Anthony Dennis says this is an issue that' happening throughout the county and in other places like Florence.
"I saw one credit card number that was swiped 67 times."
Phan says her customers have been confronted by individuals using the cars.
"Hey man don't swipe your card, give me $20 and I will use my credit card and fill up your car, they do that right in front of us and its nothing we can do."
She has called sheriffs deputies numerous times but by the time officers arrive, the suspects are already gone.
"I don't know what to do anymore, it just seems like there is no one out that can help me. It really hurts the whole community and none of us deserves this. not us as the workers here or anyone in Sumter."
Sheriff Dennis says this is an ongoing investigation and his department is working with the Sumter Police Department and other agencies.
If you have any info Call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-Crime SC.