Two Triangle-area Michaels stores are among seven in North Carolina that are now included on the retailer's list of stores where customer debit card information may have been compromised.
The breach, originally reported on May 4, was initially thought to only affect Chicago-area stores. However today, Michaels said a preliminary screening of all the PIN pads in its 964 U.S. stores found 80 that had been tampered with in Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia and Washington.
In the Triangle, the two affected stores were the one in Knightdale's Shoppes at Midway and the one in Raleigh at 5240 Capital Blvd. There was also one store in Matthews and four in Charlotte that were affected.
Michaels will be replacing all affected PIN pads within the next 15 days. The company urges customers to check their accounts and contact their credit or debit card issuer if they believe their accounts have been compromised.