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Dave & Buster's Waitress Arrested in Alleged Skimming Plot

Police say customers at the restaurant in Westbury on Long Island may have been victims

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014  |  Updated 1:34 PM EDT
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A waitress at a Dave & Busters restaurant on Long Island has been arrested along with three accomplices, accused of stealing customers' credit card information with a skimming device, police say. Brynn Gingras reports.

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A waitress at a Dave & Busters restaurant on Long Island has been arrested along with three accomplices, accused of stealing customers' credit card information with a skimming device, police say. Brynn Gingras reports.

A waitress at a Dave & Buster's restaurant on Long Island has been arrested along with three alleged accomplices, accused of stealing customers' credit card information with a skimming device. 

The 19-year-old employee of the restaurant on Old Country Road in Westbury used a skimming device to obtain credit card information from customers beginning on March 1, police said. 

She then passed the information on to three men, who went on shopping sprees at a mall, police said. 

Police began investigating when a customer reported fraudulent credit card charges. 

It's not clear how many credit card numbers the waitress, identified as Tressa Walker, allegedly stole.

April Spearman, vice president of marketing at the company's corporate office, told NBC 4 New York Dave & Buster's notified police and terminated the waitress's employment once the restaurant chain learned of the fraud.

Spearman said the food server did not use the restaurant's computer systems to obtain the credit card information, and said the computer systems remain secure. 

"Dave and Buster’s is working closely with the authorities, who are continuing their investigation of the matter," Spearman said. "We apologize for any inconvenience that this unfortunate event may cause and remain deeply committed to protecting the privacy and security of our guests."

Walker is expected to be arraigned next week in First District Court in Hempstead, police say. The other three defendants were all already arraigned.

Lawyer information for Walker was not immediately available.

-- Brynn Gingras contributed to this report. 

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