SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The owner of a Springfield Chinese restaurant called police, after she allegedly discovered one of her waiters stealing customers’ credit and debit card information. Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that 32 year-old Ip Hou Yin of Brooklyn, New York is facing several charges, including credit card fraud and larceny, following his arrest Wednesday night.
According to Delaney, the owner of the Ginger Blossom on Parker Street went through her surveillance footage, and saw one of her new waiters running customers’ cards through a portable skimmer-scanner that he kept in his pocket. She called the police, who reviewed the footage, and seized a bag that was hidden in a planter outside the restaurant. Inside the bag, officers found the scanner, as well as “many pre-paid gift cards and numerous credit cards.”
Yin was arrested, but Delaney says the incident suggests that the problem is even bigger. “The equipment recovered by Officer Lannox Williams suggests a much larger professional theft ring than just the credit cards information and money stolen by Yin to just reload his own gift cards. Sgt. Kenneth Murray is still investigating this case and getting search warrants for Yin’s cell phone and I-pad,” Delaney said.
He is being charged with larceny over $250 by a single scheme, improper use of a credit card over $250, larceny of a credit card, and credit card fraud under $250.
Delaney says that local restaurant owners should be observant to make sure none of their employees are running a similar scheme.