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Photo in Journal solves ATM theft case
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Platteville police have solved a report of a theft from an ATM Jan. 9 using a photo The Platteville Journal printed last week.

A person reported to police that he was at an ATM and having difficulty using it Jan. 9. Two women walked up behind him to use the machine, so he decided to cancel the transaction and drive around the block to allow them to use the machine, he told police.

After the women finished their ATM transaction, the ATM asked him if he wanted to make another transaction. The machine had a receipt hanging out of it with a $70 withdrawal and an account number matching his.

Officers used video footage from the ATM and, after trying to identify the women by other methods, submitted photos that were printed in The Platteville Journal Jan. 16. That day, the two women went to the police station saying they had seen their photos in The Journal.

The woman who withdrew money from the ATM said she had gotten $70 from the ATM but thought she had used the ATM properly. The woman told police she doesn’t use an ATM often and was unaware she was getting money from the man’s account.

The woman provided money to reimburse the man. Police are not filing charges in connection with the case.

“The Platteville Police Department would like to thank The Platteville Journal and the public for their assistance in solving this matter,” a Police Department news release said.