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By Charlie Wojciehowski
Feb 17, 2011
They were brazen robberies in hotels just off Michigan Avenue. But in
most cases, nobody knew they were happening because the thieves werenâ€™t
targeting guests, they were targeting ATM machines.
Authorities said Thursday that more than $140,000 has been stolen since
December of 2010 from private cash machines installed by Maryland-based
The thieves used special codes to reprogram the machines to spit out
more money than they should during a single transaction.
"When you asked for a hundred, instead of five twenties, it gave you a
hundred twenties," explained George McDade, the Chairman of Cook County
After their fraudulent transactions, McDade said the robbers would
return the machines to their normal state.
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