Machine pictures its own assailant
July 3, 2008 · Updated 11:57 AM
The Oak Harbor police need help finding a man who damaged an ATM with a can of pop.
Sgt. Jerry Baker said hes hoping someone will recognize the photograph of the suspect taken by the cash-delivery machine and report it to the police at 279-4600.
According to Baker, the suspect drove to the ATM at Navy Federal Credit Union on Cabot Drive at 2:11 a.m., May 28. He got out of a white, newer-model Ford Ranger pickup, which the ATM also photographed, and threw a can of soda at the machine.
The soda dripped down into the machine and caused $2,000 worth of damage to the internal computer parts.
After throwing the can, the suspect walked up to the ATM, allowing it to photograph him with a smile. The machine takes photos every few seconds, Baker said.
He thought it was funny, Baker said. You can see him laughing.
The suspect may be a member of the Navy. Baker said he has a short, military-style haircut. Hes in his late teens or early 20s and wears glasses. On the night of the vandalism, he was wearing a distinctive beaded necklace.
If caught, the suspect would face a felony malicious mischief charge.
Baker said he posted flyers with the mans image with law enforcement over the last few weeks, but hasnt gotten any leads yet.
I would hate to see him get away with this, Baker said.