A bank customer has caused £20,000 worth of damage by gluing card readers at cashpoints shut, police have revealed.

The mystery man was captured on ATM cameras where he has struck about 50 times since February at four Coventry Building Society branches in the city.

Detectives say he has been inserting a sticky glue-like substance into the card readers causing thousands of pounds of damage and disruption to customers.

West Midlands Police has now launched an appeal to track down the man and appealed for anyone who recognises him to get in touch.

A force spokesman said: "Can you help us trace an "elusive" cashpoint vandal who’s struck up to 50 times in Coventry and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

"We’ve seized ATM camera images of the man who’s repeatedly attacked cashpoints at four Coventry Building Society branches since February.

"He’s inserted a glue-like substance into the card reader at cashpoints in Tile Hill Lane, Jubilee Crescent, Earlsdon Street and Holbrook Lane.

"It’s estimated he’s caused up to £20,000 worth of damage, plus significant disruption and inconvenience for building society customers.

"We issued an appeal for information in March but have since been working with security staff at the branches and now recovered much better quality images.

"He’s proving somewhat of a Mr Elusive so far but we’re hopeful that with these clearer images someone will recognise him and contact us."

A spokesman from the Coventry Building Society said: “We’re working very closely with West Midlands Police to identify the person involved. 

"The affected cashpoints were cleaned and repaired very quickly so there was as little disruption as possible to the public.”

In April earlier this year a 24-year-old criminal was jailed for 11 years after blowing up a number of cash machines in a series of bungled raids across the country. 

George Tunney, from Doncaster, caused £60,000 of damage after filling over five cash points with gas and flammable liquids in a bid to blow open the ATMs.