Alleged thief caught clearly on camera after botched crime

Photo: CSPD

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Police say a theft attempt went about as bad as it could for the suspect.

Not only did he fail to get any of the credit card numbers he was trying for, he lost his shimming device at the scene and managed to give detectives a clear look at his face on camera.

Officers are hoping someone will recognize him from the surveillance stills, released to the public Tuesday.

The botched theft attempt happened just before 7 a.m. Saturday at an Ent Credit Union ATM. Police say the suspect drove up to the ATM in a brown station wagon and tried to install a shimming device into the machine. Unlike a skimming device, which takes information from credit card's magnetic strip, a shimming device steals information from the chip. The machine's anti-theft hardware noticed the foreign object and shut the system down before the crook could steal anyone's information.

Police say detectives now have his shimming device.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-to-late 20s with dark hair, a beard and a mustache. He has a distinctive tattoo on his wrist, which can be seen in our slideshow below. He was wearing a red, white and blue stocking cap with large white stars.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, call CSPD at 719-444-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP. Crime Stoppers tips can be made anonymously.

Police are not releasing the address where the attempted crime happened.

The suspect has a distinctive tattoo on his right wrist. (Photo: CSPD)
Suspect vehicle (Photo: CSPD)