Man accused of stealing, selling cellphone at electronic kiosk | KOB 4

Man accused of stealing, selling cellphone at electronic kiosk

Ryan Laughlin
October 10, 2018 07:19 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A new type of technology is being used to sell stolen cell phones.


They’re called ecoATMs and in Albuquerque, they’re located inside some Smith’s and Walmart stores.

They’re designed to be fast, safe, and efficient ways to dispose of old cell phones.

However, some people are accused of using them to sell stolen phones.

Ricardo Romero is facing a felony charge for stealing a woman’s phone off of the counter at a Walmart pharmacy. He allegedly went to an ecoATM and cashed it in for $160.

ecoATM said they take security and fraud seriously.

To sell a phone at an ecoATM, the phone needs to be unlocked, a person must enter a thumbprint scan, have a photo taken and use a valid ID.

The company released the following statement:

“ecoATM kiosks have a variety of security protocols in place, including high resolution cameras that capture multiple images of sellers, thumbprint capture, valid government ID required for each transaction, and running each device through a tool called CheckMEND to ensure it has not been reported as lost or stolen.  We also report 100 percent of our transactions to our law enforcement partners, to assist them in identifying any suspicious transactions and always promptly respond to any requests for assistance. We are pleased to have assisted local law enforcement with this matter and ecoATM will continue to cooperate with any investigation.”


Ryan Laughlin

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