Daydreams and movies are made of such stuff. But this happened in real life.
Police in Maine responded to a TD Bank branch Thursday after getting a call about a man who was spending way too much time at the ATM. A woman waiting to use the machine alerted police.
Officers found the apparently homeless man stuffing cash into a shopping bag.
Lt. Todd Bernard of the South Portland Police Department told the Bangor Daily News that the man, who will not be identified unless charges are filed against him, had an ATM card and about $100 in his bank account.
The man was using the “cash advance” feature on the machine and repeatedly requested $700. He made that request 53 times before police got there.
Bernard said the cash advance option on an ATM is for people who have a pre-approved line of credit with a bank, which the homeless man did not have.
“It is illegal. He is taking money that doesn’t belong to him, and the bank at this point has elected not to prosecute, although the case is still under investigation,” Bernard said. “That ATM has been taken out of service and is being checked out to determine why it malfunctioned.”
The money was returned to the bank. A bank official described the problem as a “code error” and says no customer accounts were affected.
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