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Two Greene County ATMs vandalized with super glue

Staff Reports • Oct 12, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Police are seeking information about two ATMs that were vandalized with super glue Thursday night in the Mosheim area of Greene County.

A release from Sheriff Steve Burns said the department is seeking a while male, believed to be the perpetrator, driving a white Toyota Tacoma extended-cab pickup truck.

It is believed that the suspect might have been trying to obtain account information by pouring super glue into the keypads of ATMs at the Consumer Credit Union and First Tennessee Bank.

Media reports say would-be thieves often super glue the “clear” and “cancel” buttons on an ATM keypad — when users attempt to clear a transaction, nothing happens and the card isn’t released right away. Users can then think the ATM machine is keeping the card or the machine is malfunctioning and drive away. The ATM will usually spit the card out five minutes later, which allows a would-be thief to make off with the card.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Greene County Sheriff’s Department at 423-798-1800.

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