Picture: West Midlands Police
The police are hunting a “Mr Elusive” who has glued shut building society cash points more than 50 times.
He has caused £20,000 of damage by injecting glue into the card readers.
Since February he has repeatedly hit cash points at Coventry Building Society branches in the city.
Detectives say he inserts a sticky glue-like substance into the readers – not only causing damage but disruption to customers.
He was captured on cctv at one branch and the West Midlands Police have issued his picture.
A force spokesman said:
“Can you help us trace an elusive cashpoint vandal who’s struck up to 50 times in Coventry and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.
“We’ve seized ATM camera images of the man who’s repeatedly attacked cashpoints at four Coventry Building Society branches since February.
“He’s inserted a glue-like substance into the card reader at cashpoints in Tile Hill Lane, Jubilee Crescent, Earlsdon Street and Holbrook Lane.
“It’s estimated he’s caused up to £20,000 worth of damage, plus significant disruption and inconvenience for building society customers.
“We issued an appeal for information in March but have since been working with security staff at the branches and now recovered much better quality images.
“He’s proving somewhat of a Mr Elusive so far but we’re hopeful that with these clearer images someone will recognise him and contact us.”
A spokesman from the Coventry Building Society said:
“We’re working very closely with West Midlands Police to identify the person involved.
“The affected cashpoints were cleaned and repaired very quickly so there was as little disruption as possible to the public.”