Police: Over $11,000 stolen from ATM through ID theft

MT. ZION, Ill. (WAND) – A man and three juveniles stole thousands of dollars from a Mt. Zion bank ATM, police say.

A sworn statement says the theft happened at Scott State Bank, located at 1120 State Highway 121 in Mt. Zion, on two different occasions. They say the first was between 7:20 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. on Aug. 18, and the next happened the following day between 1 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. They say Ionut Lazarica, 20, and three minors took over $11,000.

Police looked at security video of the crimes, then stopped a vehicle they believe was involved on Tuesday as it left the nearby Hawthorn Suite Hotel. They say Lazarica showed them a Czech Republic ID of a person with a different name.  

At the police station, the statement says one of the minors tried to flush other fake ID cards and gift cards down a toilet. Officers say they recovered a U.S. employment authorization card for Lazarica with the cards.

Police say the Visa gift cards and other cards had white stickers on them with four-digit PIN numbers. They say one of the minors admitted to giving a man in Chicago the money from the ATM using cards that person gave them in exchange for up to $700 in payment.

Police say the cards contained stolen credit card information that could have come from a card skimmer – a device a person can place over a gas station card reader to illegally collect bank information.

Lazarica is facing charges of identity theft, possession of a fraudulent ID card, use of a counterfeit credit card, and use of account number or code with intent to defraud. His bond is set at $25,000 in Macon County.