Shane Becker Gets Arrested For Taking Picture Of ATM Being Refilled

Posted May 17, 2009

The beauty about the iPhone camera is that it is a hotbed for amateur photography.  In the case of Seattle man Shane Becker his amateur photography got him in trouble with the police.

Shane took a picture of two men refilling a Bank of America ATM on May 8 in the downtown R.E.I. store.  Shane was in line to buy a Thule hitch mount bike rack.  Since the customer service had a long line Shane had time to notice employees of Loomis refilling the ATM and so he walked over and took a picture of them on his iPhone.

“I did not take the picture to case the joint. I did not take the picture to threaten the safety of the two Loomis fake cops with their bulletproof vests, hip side pistols and very fragile egos. I did not take the picture to make it easier for anyone else to rob this or any other ATM. I just like to see things that I don?t normally get to see. (Just like when I was in Vancouver, BC with Fall Out Boy, I got to see the stage being constructed? and took pictures of it.),” wrote Shane on his blog.

The bald Loomis employee told Shane to come talk to him after he was done with the purchase. After Shane refused, the Loomis employees called the police.  The Loomis employees wanted Shane’s ID so that they could report it to their boss as well.  After some going back and forth, Shane had a conversation with a police officer about 9/11 and photography:

Officer Debra Pelich (#5976):   Remember 9/11? I saw pictures of those buildings. One time when I was in Florida I was wandering around taking pictures. A security team came up and told me it was a high security restricted area. I wasn?t supposed to be taking pictures there. I explained that I didn?t know that, was a police officer, showed them my ID and complied with them. We cleared it up and I left.
Shane Becker:  Since you managed to pull the 9/11 card somehow, does that mean that everyone that took a picture of those buildings?

An officer put handcuffs on Shane after that comment and took him to the Seattle Police Department West Precinct.  While Shane was getting arrested, Mark Sangerman took a picture using his iPhone:

[via IAmShane Part 1,2, Shane’s Twitter]