The homeless man, whose identity hasn’t been revealed, was able to exploit a glitch in the broken ATM that allowed him to continuously withdraw cash. Police were called to the scene after a woman reported that the man was spending a long time at the ATM. When the police arrived, they discovered that the man had collected more than $37,000 from the ATM in a shopping bag, reports WGME.
Police returned the bag of money to the bank and no charges were filed against the homeless man, WGME notes.
“It is illegal,” Lt. Todd Bernard, from the South Portland Police Department, told Bangor Daily News. “He is taking money that doesn’t belong to him, and the bank at this point has elected not to prosecute, although the case is still under investigation.”
Following the incident, the bank put a sign on the broken ATM to let people know that it was out of order. No accounts at the bank were affected by the withdrawal, reports WGME.
Police had found the homeless man by the ATM earlier in the week and had to tell him to leave. The man recently came to Main from Utah, the Portland Press Herald notes.