Schnucks reports 2.4 million credit and debit cards might be compromised

Grocery store officials say security breach linked to thousands of fraudulent charges.

POSTED: 01:18 PM CDT Apr 15, 2013    UPDATED: 07:39 PM CDT Apr 15, 2013 
COLUMBIA, Mo. -

The suburban St. Louis-based grocery store chain Schnucks now says that 2.4 million credit cards and debits cards of its customers may have been compromised over a three-month period. That includes stores in Columbia and Jefferson City.

Schnucks announced the breadth of the fraud in a statement Sunday.

Fraudulent charges have come from around the world. The company first learned on March 15 of questionable activity and began an investigation on March 19. Schnucks said in pinpointed the problem on March 28 and executed a plan to contain it within 36 hours.

Many customers have questioned why they weren't informed earlier.

Schnucks says it has learned that the breach began in December.

The majority of Schnucks stores are in the St. Louis area, but it operates in five states: Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin.