A potentially new wrinkle has developed in an incident Thursday in which Super Glue was poured on keyboards at two ATMs at financial institutions in Mosheim.
Greene County Sheriff Steve Burns said the ATMs at the Consumer Credit Union and First Tennessee Bank branches had been vandalized with the glue.
In a news release on Friday, the Sheriff's Department now suspects the incident may also have been an attempt to fraudulently obtain the debit cards and account information of unsuspecting victims.
According to the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), Super Glue is the latest weapon of choice among ATM skimmers -- thieves who put devices on ATMs to skim personal identification numbers when cards are used at ATMs.
An ATM at a Spokane Valley, Wash.-based credit union's location was recently tampered with when someone glued the machine's "Clear" and "Cancel" buttons, the CUNA website reported Friday.
When users attempt to cancel a transaction, nothing happens and the card is not released immediately.
The users often leave discouraged, assuming the ATM kept the card.
However, the machine automatically kicks the card back out after several minutes of inactivity, and the thief then absconds with the card.
The Greene County Sheriff's Department is looking for a white male driving a white Toyota Tacoma extended cab pickup truck.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Greene County Sheriff's Department at 423-798-1800.
The Mosheim incidents occurred between 3 and 4:10 p.m. Thursday.
The First Tennessee Bank branch is at 8152 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy., and the Consumer Credit Union branch is at 9175 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy.
Bank video images show a man in a white Toyota Tacoma pickup drive by the ATM four times, "in which three times he stops at the ATM and twice he gets out of his truck," a report from the Sheriff's Department said.
The fourth time, the man parked the pickup at the side of the building "and watches the ATM," the report said.