Colorado Springs police looking for suspected ATM shimmer

By Liz Forster Updated: March 13, 2018 at 4:53 pm • Published: March 13, 2018
photo - The Colorado Springs Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the pictured identity theft suspect. (Colorado Springs Police Department)
The Colorado Springs Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the pictured identity theft suspect. (Colorado Springs Police Department)

Colorado Springs police want help identifying a man who tried to shim data from an Ent Credit Union ATM.

The man was driving a silver or light brown station wagon with out-of-state plates when he tried to install a shimming device at the ATM about 6:50 a.m. Saturday, police said.

A shimmer contains an embedded microchip and flash storage that is inserted into slots for chip-equipped cards, according to creditcards.com. It is different from a credit card skimmer, though both mine personal data from credit and debit cards.

The ATM detected the security breach and shut the system down, preventing the device from collecting any information, police said.

Police described the man as in his mid- to late-20s with dark hair, a mustache and a beard. He has distinctive tattooing on his right wrist and was wearing a red, white and blue beanie with large white stars.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 444-7000. Those who want to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 634-7867 or 1-800-222-8477.

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