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Man steals excavator, uses it to steal ATM

Posted By Wayne Grayson On April 10, 2013 @ 9:04 am In Construction News | No Comments

The frame of the stolen ATM. Credit: Aaron Glancy/WGHP Fox 8 [1]

The frame of the stolen ATM. Credit: Aaron Glancy/WGHP Fox 8

This brings a whole new meaning to “knocking over an ATM.”

Police in Winston-Salem, North Carolina are on the hunt for a man accused of first stealing an excavator from a nearby construction site, and then using it to drive off with an entire ATM and its contents.

According to WGHP Fox 8 [2], police responded to an ATM alarm call at Allegacy Federal Credit Union around 1 a.m. Monday.

After examining the crime scene and surveillance footage, police told Fox 8 that a man stole an excavator from a nearby construction site, drove it 200 yards to the credit union, knocked over the ATM using the excavator’s bucket and then scooped the 1-ton ATM into a getaway vehicle.

No word on the whereabouts of the excavator. A complete description of the suspect hasn’t yet been relesased, but police say he was a short man as he had trouble reaching the excavator’s controls.


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