Since January, there have been four such thefts in the Richmond District alone, Corriea said.Glue-gun goons target unwary ATM users (via Schneier)
"And you have to figure it's not always reported to us," Corriea said.
Often, bank customers don't notice the thefts for days, San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.
"Best thing for consumers is to monitor their bank account," Esparza said.
There are several nonviolent ways crooks can steal cash from ATMs, but the glue method is less risky, Corriea said.
A thief caught applying glue to an ATM would be slapped with a misdemeanor vandalism charge, but likely won't face a felony fraud charge because it isn't easy to prove that the crook intended to steal, Corriea said.
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