Thieves use several methods to steal from automatic teller machines, including skimming, hidden cameras, fork-like implements that fit into the machine's opening, and stealing the actual machines. As of 2015, thieves can net up to $200,000, more than from a typical bank robbery, and penalties are usually lighter, says MainStreet.
Skimming, or using customers' stolen account information, involves using card readers that resemble the machine's card slot to magnetically lift the information, explains LiveLeak. Hidden cameras can record personal identification numbers. Claw or fork devices that fit into the machine trap cash before a thief enters a withdrawal request, netting the recipient more cash than the machine would otherwise release.