Pursuit called off on ATM skimmer
A short pursuit developed Thursday evening when a suspect in a case investigators were working fled from police.
"We had someone place a skimmer on a banking ATM," Police Chief Billy Cordell said. "Our investigators recovered the skimmer and set up to see if anyone came back to recover it."
A skimming device, Cordell explained, is used to capture debit or credit card information. The device will be placed on a card-reading machine and will appear to look identical to what a customer might expect, he said.
"When a debit card is slid into the machine, the customer will get a response that might say the machine is down," Cordell said. "It has just captured information to be used for identity theft."
The surveillance assignment ended with what police believe to have been a suspect returning in a vehicle to recover the device.
"We went in to apprehend him," Cordell said. "He ran into one of our unmarked police cars and fled."
That's when the pursuit began.
"It began to get to high rates of speed and we called off the pursuit," Cordell said. "It was the right call for the safety of our residents."
Police are working with the bank to determine if the ATM captured a photo of the person who installed the skimmer.
"These machines take a photo when you use the ATM, so we're hopeful we have some evidence," Cordell said.
It is unclear whether police were able to get a license plate of the vehicle in the pursuit. Anyone with information that might lead to an arrest in the case may call Johnson County Crime Stoppers anonymously at 817-469-8477 or text "JCCS" and a message to 274637.