A man was charged with setting up a video camera at an ATM to record people as they punched in their PINs outside a Creve Coeur bank.
Creve Coeur Police said an armored truck driver was refilling an ATM at the US Bank branch at 126880 Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur when he saw a device attached to the top of the machine. Police found a small video camera trained on the ATM’s keypad to allow PINs to be recorded as entered by customers.
The bank’s security cameras revealed the camera had been removed and replaced three times between Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. The cameras showed two men removed and replaced the camera and made entries into the ATM.
Police said Svetoslav T. Tanev, 27, of Arlington Heights, IL, was arrested in St. Charles for a similar crime. Police found more than 100 credit cards, an encoding machine and $12,000 in cash in a St. Charles hotel room occupied by Taney and a second man.
Taney also was charged with forgery in St. Charles County Circuit Court.
St. Charles Police said officers were able to see the car used by the two men from video surveillance at Enterprise Bank, 1001 First Capitol in St. Charles. Officer then found the two men in a vehicle in the 1300 block of Bass Pro Drivee near their hotel.
Police also found clothing in the hotel room that matches clothes worn by men in the US Bank video in Creve Coeur.
Tanev was charged Saturday in the St. Louis County Circuit Court with trafficking in stolen identities.
Tanev is being held in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond on the St. Louis County charge. Bond for the St. Charles County charge was set at $50,000, cash only.