Suspects Steal Drive-Up ATM from Bank Parking Lot

The suspects removed a drive-up ATM machine from a Chase Bank using a stolen flatbed truck

By Monica Garske
|  Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012  |  Updated 8:48 PM PDT
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Suspects Steal Drive-Up ATM Machine

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A surveillance camera captured this image of the suspects accused of stealing a drive-up ATM machine from the parking lot of a Chase Bank in Clairemont Wednesday morning.

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Detectives are searching for at least two suspects involved in an unusual ATM robbery.

According to police, two male suspects removed a drive-up ATM machine from its stand at the Chase Bank on 5825 Balboa Avenue around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The suspects used a stolen flatbed tow truck to push the ATM machine from its base. They then dragged the ATM several feet, loaded it into the truck and drove off, police said.

The stolen ATM and truck were discovered by a citizen around 5:30 a.m. near the Tecolote Golf Course at 2755 Snead Ave. The citizen alerted authorities.

When police arrived, they found the cash-dispensing part of the ATM had been pried open and the money inside the machine had been removed.

According to detectives, the suspects – who were caught on surveillance tape in the bank's parking lot – are described as two males wearing dark clothing, with bandanas or masks covering their faces.

No further information has been released about the flatbed truck used in the theft.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Diego Police Department’s Northern Division at (858) 552-1700.

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