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Tech-savvy twosome cashes in on Derry crime

Paul Peirce
| Saturday, June 30, 2007

Derry Borough police are searching for a technically savvy couple they say stole $1,540 over two days by reprogramming an automated banking machine.

"These people really knew what they were doing. They reprogrammed the machine to indicate it was dispensing $1 denominations while the machine dispenses cash in only $20 denominations," said police Chief Randolph S. Glick.

"So when they used the bank card they asked for $20 and the machine recorded that it dispensed 20 $1 bills when, in fact, it actually was dispensing $400. I've never seen anything like this before," Glick said.

The theft occurred at the banking machine in Mastrorocco's Market, on First Avenue, in Derry at 1:05 and 1:15 p.m. June 19 and 1:35 and 1:45 p.m. June 20.

The theft was not discovered until this week, when store owners became suspicious because they had to refill the machine so often this month.

Although the bank machine does not have a camera, images of the pair -- a white man and woman -- were captured on store surveillance cameras.

The man is described as approximately 6 feet tall, with brown hair, a mustache, in his 30s or 40s. The suspect was wearing wire-rimmed glasses, khaki-colored shorts, a T-shirt and flip-flops.

The woman, who appears to be in her 30s, is approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a thin build and long, straight black hair.

"They would program the machine back to normal after they received the cash," Glick said.

"I don't believe they are from the Derry area. But one of them must have some knowledge working with ATMs or servicing ATMs," Glick said.

State police at Greensburg reported no similar incidents in the area, Glick said.

Anyone with information may telephone police at 724-694-8030 and leave a message.

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