Updated 10/09/2012 12:08 PM
Sources: Phony Cash Surfaces In Midtown ATMs, Service Tech Eyed
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Police are looking for whoever loaded Manhattan ATMs with counterfeit cash and got away with more than a hundred thousand dollars in real money.
Investigators say stacks of phony bills were found in ATMs at Chase bank branches on West 57th Street and on Ninth Avenue.
Investigators say someone swapped in the fake bills and got away with more than $110,000 in real cash between the two machines.
At least two people withdrew bills that were blank on one side.
Sources say police are looking into a 26-year-old man who works for NCR, the company that services the ATMs.
The New York Times says he's believed to be in the Dominican Republic.
"It makes the big banks think they gotta be more protective of our money, you know?" said one New Yorker.
"It's a little shocking that it's possible. I can't believe that. I would think that they would have someone regulating the money, counting the money. And also there's video cameras, so I think he would be caught very easily," said another New Yorker.
Sources tell NY1 police are looking into whether a third location was hit.
Chase says the small number of customers who got the fake bills were immediately reimbursed.
In a statement, NCR said it takes ATM fraud very seriously and is cooperating with the investigation.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.