Authorities in Greenville County are working to identify and apprehend a thief or thieves who pulled off the heist of an entire ATM from a Greenville area bank early Monday morning. Greenville County deputies responding to an alarm from the bank at around 4:45 A.M. discovered a running forklift and broken cables and loose wiring where the ATM once stood. Investigators say the culprits stole the forklift from a nearby construction site. Public Information Officer for the Greenville County Sheriff’s office Matthew Armstrong says investigators are continuing to examine surveillance video taken from the bank and a business located near the bank.
“We have some images of a subject who was seen adjusting the forks on this large forklift that was used to remove the ATM machine from the actual mounting where it was at the bank. We also have images of a vehicle that was captured leaving the area. It was a large dark pickup truck that had the ATM in the bed of the truck.”
Armstrong says that investigators are also looking at reports to see if any recent crimes in the area or outside of the area may have similarities to the pilfered ATM.
Armstrong says a positive identification of a person seen in the surveillance video has not been made because the person took steps to conceal his identity. “We have a suspect vehicle. We have images of the individual that is responsible for the theft of the ATM, however the individual made attempts to conceal his identity by means of obscuring the images of their face and wearing vague or nondescript clothing.”
Armstrong says the theft took some intricate planning because several minutes before the crime deputies were stationed in a parking lot adjacent to the bank working on incident reports from previous calls that had been on earlier during their shift. “At 4:29 these deputies get dispatched to another call in the county. At 4:44 we’re receiving notification from Wachovia security that the ATM alarm has been activated. So within the time frame between 4:29 and 4:44, these individuals were able to acquire the forklift, make their way to the Wachovia property,s teal the ATM, load it into a truck, and drive away before our deputies got on the scene at two minutes after 5:00.”
Armstrong says anyone with information on the crime should contact the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.