If you use an ATM in Lamorinda and you feel someone breathing down the back of your neck, take some advice from others who gave way to the interlopers – only to have them access and withdraw sizable amounts of money from their bank accounts: don’t get flustered and let someone take over your transaction.
Lafayette police issued a warning to their residents Friday, after noting the arrival of a so-called ATM “Should Surfer” in their city. Orinda also has been targeted, apparently, with police in that city landing a close-up view of the thief’s distinctive tattoos in the hope someone will recognize him.
Police in Lafayette said they first encountered the surfer on July 9 when a customer reported feeling pressured by a person standing very close behind him as he used the ATM machine at a local bank. The customer was so flustered by the invasion of personal space that he moved off – neglecting to close the “Do You Want Another Transaction?” window on the machine.
The thief, who was observed withdrawing a sizable amount of cash from the previous user’s bank account, walked to a waiting car and drove off. The loss: $1,000.
Investigators said the same type of encounter has been reported at several locations in the East Bay, with the most recent incident occurring last night, Thursday, in Lafayette.