A New Hampshire man is in in trouble with Vermont police after allegedly cashing in on stolen cellphones.
Michael Santiago, 35, was cited for possession of stolen property and false pretenses. Police say back in September he stole a cellphone from an unlocked car in the Hannaford parking lot in South Burlington. Police say the phone was later sold to the ECO-ATM kiosk at the Burlington Town Center Mall. Three days later, police say he cashed in on a second phone, this one allegedly stolen from a friend.
"This electronic stuff has to be stowed away. It can't be out in the open where they can get at it. If they can get to it easily, they will take it. A number of these cars have been unlocked and open. The houses have been open. Unfortunately the days of the old Vermont and not locking your doors are gone," South Burlington Police Detective Ron Bliss said.
Police say they have seen a spike in electronic thefts since the ECO ATM went in.