Man Who Allegedly Damaged Oxford ATM Charged

By: Zachary Meseck

OXFORD – An Oxford man is facing a felony charge after law enforcement said someone on social media reviewed the footage they released of a man damaging an NBT ATM and recognizing him as the perpetrator.

Scott C. Starks, 49, of Oxford was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, a class E felony.

According to New York State Troop C Public Information Officer Aga Dembinska, at approximately 7 a.m., on June 8, in the Village of Oxford a man damaged an ATM machine on North Canal Street.

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Dembinska said the crime was considered third-degree criminal mischief because the damage to the ATM would cost over $250 to repair.

In a statement from New York State Police, officials said Starks was positively identified by a concerned citizen on Facebook after the surveillance footage was released to the public.

The surveillance footage showed what police described as a heavier set white male wearing a gray sweatshirt, black and gray shorts, with a Dallas Cowboys hat on backwards and a tattoo on his left calf punching and kicking the NBT ATM.

“It appears as though the man attempted to use the ATM, became angry and punched and kicked the machine,” said Dembinska.

She said the man attempted to use a gas station rewards card instead of a debit card.

Starks was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in the Oxford Village Court on August 8.


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