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Waiter charged with using skimming device to steal credit card info at Loudoun Co. restaurant

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Yaoliang Gao (Loudoun County Sheriff's Office) Yaoliang Gao (Loudoun County Sheriff's Office)

Investigators in Loudoun County say information from more than 1,000 customers at a local restaurant was stolen after a skimming device was discovered in possession of one of the restaurant’s employees.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said 22-year-old Yaoliang Gao was working as a waiter at the Moca Asian Bistro in South Riding back on April 8 when a customer noticed Gao doing something suspicious with his credit card.

The customer immediately contacted the owner of the restaurant and the sheriff’s office was called where they found Gao in possession of a skimming device.

For about a month at this restaurant located in the Eastern Marketplace Plaza, investigators say Gao used a skimmer to steal information from customer’s credit cards.

According to the sheriff’s office, Gao began his theft on March 11 and continued until the day he was caught on April 8.

The 22-year-old had recently been hired, and according to investigators, he was skimming the credit cards without the knowledge of his boss or other employees.

We made an attempt to speak with the manager of the restaurant, but the hostess told us the manager was not available.

Online records show Gao had a court appearance on Wednesday and remained in custody as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said customers who used their credit or debit cards at the restaurant during between March 11 and April 8 are advised to check their statement for fraudulent charges. If any fraudulent charges are found, please contact Detective T. Sheffer at 703-737-8203.

If you had contact with Gao or believe your credit card may have been compromised, you can also contact the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office at crimeinfo@loudoun.gov.

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