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Suspects Trying to Steal Entire ATMs Unsuccessful

1:09 PM, Mar 28, 2011   |    comments
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Police are looking for the people responsible for trying to steal entire ATMs without trying to conceal the crimes.

According to the St. Augustine Police Department, there have been two separate incidents in the past week.

The first was Wednesday at the Hampton Inn on North Ponce de Leon Boulevard.

An employee said he was helping a customer when he noticed the hotel's ATM was on the ground wrapped in a cardboard box around 9:20 p.m..

Upon looking at the security footage, the employees saw a male who looked to be in his 20s or 30s wearing a hard hat pushing a dolly with a cardboard box through the parking lot.

The footage then shows the man working to remove the ATM even as guests walked by.

The suspect then walked out of the hotel with the dolly but without the machine, which was not damaged and, according to the hotel, had no money in it anyway.

In a second incident at noon Friday at the Bank of America on Cathedral Place, an employee told police someone had been trying to pry the ATM from the wall, but was unsuccessful.

That ATM was also undamaged, and the bank indicated it appears no money was stolen.

There is no indication that the two ATM incidents were related. Police are looking through security footage from that incident, and both investigations are continuing.

If you know anything that can help, call Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPs (8477). You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.

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