ecoATM Gets Tough On Stolen Cell Phones With New Hire

San Diego-based ecoATM, the developer of those automated kiosks used for trading in your old cell phones, is getting tough on the use of its kiosks by cell phone thieves, saying Tuesday that it has appointed the former Deputy Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol to deter cell phone theft. ecoATM--which is now part of Outerwall (formerly Coinstar)--said that Max Santiago has been named Law Enforcement Relations. ecoATM says it currently monitors all of its transactions, collects fingerprints, photos, and identification when users trade in their devices, in order to discourage the use of its kiosks by criminals. ecoATM said that Santiago headed up day-to-day operations of the CHP, including heading up crime prevention, counter-terrorism operations and homeland security for the agency.