Westfield Police Identify Alleged ATM Thief
WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Police have now identified a man seen in surveillance pictures alleging stealing money from an elderly man’s bank account.
Friday morning, Westfield Police Detective Todd Edwards told ABC40 that they know who the man is. His name or what charges he may face has not yet been released.
On Wednesday, October 10, a 70-year-old man was using the Bank of America ATM on East Main Street. The victim finished his transaction and walked away from the ATM without logging out.
The suspect, seen on surveillance video, was behind the victim waiting to use the machine and walked up after the man left.
The suspect then proceeded to make two withdrawal transactions of $100 and $600 each, then left the ATM without taking money out of another account.
“Which tells us that the person intended to take the money from that kind of person,” said Westfield Police Captain Michael McCabe.
Even though this suspect may have been located, police urge ATM users to ensure that they properly log-out and end their transactions before leaving the machine or kiosk and to also be aware while using the machine.
“There are reasons why there are walls around and that is to protect you and your identity from being compromised by someone else who has designs to get your money,” said McCabe.
He adds people should also limit how much money can be taken from the ATM during a transaction.