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Police: Thief Takes Advantage of Forgetful ATM Customer

by on June 25, 2014 3:38 PM

UPDATE

State College police say the man identified as a suspect in an ATM thief is not a criminal.

Authorities released an image of a man Wednesday believed to be responsible for an ATM theft. However, police said Thursday the man identified did not commit a crime and that a theft did not occur. (As a result StateCollege.com has removed the man's photo which was supplied by police.)

"The investigation revealed that there was no theft of money at the ATM," says State College Police Sgt. T.A. Scholton

After media outlets reported Wednesday the theft and publicized a photo of the suspect, the suspect contacted police to clear up the matter. Police say further investigation revealed the suspect did not intentionally withdraw funds from the victim's account and believed the cash came from his account. It is unclear how the ATM was able to accept the former suspect's card and at the same time release cash from the victim's account.

Police also say the bank credited the victim's account. 

The incident happened June 13 at First National Bank in the 1400 block of East College Avenue.

Police say an elderly woman left her ATM card in the machine after completing a transaction and drove away. Later, $100 was found to be missing from the account.

 

FIRST REPORT

State College police are searching for a man who they claim took money from an ATM after another customer left her ATM card behind.

Police say the incident happened June 13 at First National Bank in the 1400 block of East College Avenue.

Police say an elderly woman left her ATM card in the machine after completing a transaction and drove away.

A customer who used the ATM next allegedly used the victim's card to withdraw $100 from the woman's account.

Police released an image of the suspect captured with bank surveillance cameras. Police say the suspect's shirt features a "Keystone" logo on the front.

Anyone who can identify the suspect should call State College police at 814-234-7150 or submit an anonymous tip HERE.

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