'Fraud' device found at Swindon cash machine
6:40pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in By Katie Bond, @SwindonAdver007
RESIDENTS are being warned to be on their guard following a suspected fraud on a cash machine in Rodbourne Cheney.
Wiltshire Police is now appealing for witnesses to the incident which took place at the machine outside the Rodbourne Cheney Post Office in Whitworth Road on May 26.
A customer using the machine, was unable to retrieve his bank card from the ATM. After forcing it out with some pliers, a device, which had been placed on top of the machine, fell away.
As it fell, it also revealed a spy camera attached to the machine.
Police have now released a photograph of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.
PC Kevin Payne said: “We would always advise people to remain vigilant when using any public using cash points.
“Things to be aware of are people waiting nearby, particularly in vehicles and who may be watching the cash machine.
“People should also be wary if their card is retained for no apparent reason, or if the machine suddenly displays that there is a fault.
“Also check for any small holes around the machine – even if it appears that they are merely missing a small screw this could be used to hide a camera.
“Always cover the keypad with your hand when inputting your PIN number even if no one is stood next to you.
“If you notice anything suspicious contact Wiltshire Police immediately.”
Anyone with information on this incident or if you can identify the male in the photo, contact Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously. When doing so, please quote crime reference number 54130049231.