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Note to criminals: ATMs not as dumb as they look

Matt Zapotosky

If you're trying to get away with armed robbery, it is usually not a good idea for you or your friends to use the debit card you just stole. It gives police an easy way to track your movements, and a lot of ATMs are monitored by surveillance cameras these days.

But that is exactly what the woman pictured here did late last month in Charles County, just hours after a man shoved down an elderly woman on Mall Circle Drive in Waldorf and stole her purse, police said.

Now the Charles County Sheriff’s Office has released the surveillance footage of the woman who used the stolen card in hopes that someone might know who she is.

Charles County Sheriff’s Office
From surveillance footage. (Charles County Sheriff’s Office.)

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective John Elliott at (301) 609-6515 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is available for any tip that leads to an arrest and indictment.

To be clear, this woman is not directly implicated in the robbery. She was simply trying to use the stolen debit card to withdraw money from an ATM about an hour after the incident on Oct. 26.

She did not succeed. After several unsuccessful attempts to enter victim’s PIN number, the woman was turned away without any cash, police said.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  November 24, 2009; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  Charles , Matt Zapotosky  
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