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Police: Footprints Café employee arrested for credit card skimming

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Laura-Grace Tanis Laura-Grace Tanis

A restaurant server collected more than just tips.

Police said she collected credit card numbers that could be used to create fake credit cards and drain money from customers' accounts.

Laura-Grace Tanis used a skimming device to steal the numbers at Footprints Café on Grayson Highway, police said.

Tanis would take customers' cards when it was time to pay, but she would not go straight to the cash register. She would disappear into a restroom, and download the information.

"In this case the waitress actually had the device in her apron," said Capt. Gregory Vaughn with the Lawrenceville Police Department.

"Once this card is captured, then they can transfer it to another piece of plastic and use it at various locations," Vaughn said. "With the device, it would be pretty easy."

A restaurant manager saw Tanis was taking too long to go to the register, grew suspicious and called police, Vaughn said.

"Kudos to this lady, she probably stopped a lot of credit card fraud. She's also protected a lot of customers and citizens who could've had their information stolen and used," Vaughn said.

Customers said while they were concerned, they would not stop patronizing the restaurant.

"It can happen anywhere, you just don't really know," Patricia McKenzie, a customer, said.

Amin Tiye Akida said one bad employee will not scare him away. He said consumers must take extra care to protect their information any time they swipe their card.

"If your card is used and you're not the one using it, all you have to do is notify your bank and they can take care of it quickly," Akida said.

Police are investigating how many numbers Tanis allegedly stole, how long she had been doing it and if other people were involved, police said.

Only one customer has come forward to complain of false charges from that restaurant so far, police said.

Customers who believe they were victims of fraud at that restaurant can call Lawrenceville police at 770-339-2412.

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