GASTON COUNTY, N.C. - Police in Gastonia and Kings Mountain said they had very little trouble finding a man they said broke into two ATMs and a drugstore.
Surveillance photos showed Tim Wiggins' face clearly, according to police. Officers said they could also see his work shirt which had his name and company logo printed on it.
The images were from the Fifth Third bank in Kings Mountain.
Police said Wiggins used a crowbar to pry open the ATM on Wednesday morning then he broke into a nearby drugstore.
"If he was real smart, he wouldn't be doing that to begin with," said customer Warren Scism.
Police said he didn't get money at the ATM, but went to Griffin Drug Center a few blocks away. Surveillance cameras captured him stealing 1,100 hydrocodone pills, according to police.
Police said when Wiggins left Kings Mountain, he devised a new plan to conceal his face before using a pickax to break into an ATM in west Gastonia. Wiggins used spray paint on the camera so no one could identify, according to police.
It rained that morning and washed away the paint. Police said they got clear images of the work truck he was using and of the thief at the ATM on West Franklin Boulevard in Gastonia near Crowders Mountain.
"I know people do need money for Christmas, but that's a bad way to go about it," said customer Greg Lunsford.
The police report didn't state if money was taken. Kings Mountain police arrested Wiggins on the job Wednesday, wearing the same clothes. Gastonia police said they will charge him soon.
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