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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Jonesboro police say more than a dozen people had their credit card numbers stolen after eating at a local restaurant.

Thirteen victims have come forward this week to file police reports, claiming their bank cards were compromised. Investigators say the fraud happened after all the victims apparently ate at Kimono Steakhouse on Main Street in Jonesboro.

Detective Jason Simpkins says there are likely even more victims who don't even know it yet.

"If you've eaten at Jonesboro's Kimono restaurant on Main Street between the dates of October 23 and November 6, you need to check your credit card statements and your bank statements," he said. 

Simpkins says through their investigation, Jonesboro police determined the victims all ate at Kimono during that time. They have now developed a theory, he says, about how all their credit cards got compromised.

"We believe the credit cards have been skimmed," he said. "In that process credit cards were cloned, and two suspects went to various Wal-Marts in the area using the victims' information on a cloned credit card."

Police have gotten surveillance footage of the two suspects, described only as Asian men in their mid- to early-20s. Cameras also caught a few grainy images of the men's black car at a local Wal-Mart store. Police say the two have apparently gone on shopping sprees at several stores across Northeast Arkansas.

"They've been to Wal-Marts in Jonesboro and Trumann, Pocahontas, Paragould, Searcy as well as Newport," Simpkins said. "They were purchasing electronic items, such as iPhones, things of that nature, as well as gift cards."

According to the police reports, the suspects tried to place at least $400 on each of the gift cards.

"Right now," Simpkins said, "our loss is over $10,000."

Jonesboro police have yet to identify the suspects, but they do believe the men are from the Jonesboro area.

If any law enforcement agencies have had any similar cases, or if anyone recognizes the suspects involved, please contact Det. Mike Branscum, Det. Vic Brooks or Det. Simpkins with the Jonesboro Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division at 870-935-6710.

People can also report any useful information by calling Jonesboro Crimestoppers at 870-935-STOP.

Region 8 News went to the Kimono Steakhouse on Friday afternoon to seek comment from the owner, but the restaurant was closed at that time.

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