BY KEN LITTLE
A Midway man was charged Wednesday with felony vandalism in connection with damage done Oct. 10 to an ATM machine at the Consumer Credit Union branch in Mosheim.
Charged was Dustin Wayne Hamlin, 31, of 946 Sinking Springs Road.
Two other bank ATM machines in Mosheim were vandalized on the same day. Further charges against Hamlin are pending, sheriff's Detective Lt. James Randolph said.
All three ATM incidents happened between about 3 and 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 10.
The CCU branch is located at 9175 West Andrew Johnson Hwy.
An employee at the Capital Bank branch, at 17 N. Spring St., told deputies that Super Glue was spread on the keyboard of an ATM machine.
The ATM keypad had to be replaced at a cost of $1,495.
Super Glue was also spread on an ATM keyboard at the First Tennessee Bank branch at 8152 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy., also in Mosheim.
Hamlin's motive for his alleged actions in the CCU incident is unclear, Randolph said.
He was being held on $5,000 bond pending a first scheduled Greene County General Sessions Court appearance today.
Investigators said last week that the incidents may 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 Washington State credit union was recently tampered with when someone glued the machine's "Clear" and "Cancel" buttons, the CUNA website reported.
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.