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Two men wheel ATM with $15,000 out of Garden Grove hotel lobby

Atm Two men remain at large after wheeling away an ATM machine full of $15,000 in cash early Monday morning and arousing the suspicion of a coffee shop worker.

According to Garden Grove police, one of the men, who wheeled a moving dolly into the lobby of the Crown Plaza Hotel about 5:10 a.m. Monday, was wearing a black vest with yellow lettering that could have been confused for a police or security guard uniform.

But as they disconnected the freestanding ATM machine from the wall and started loading it onto the dolly with a moving blanket, an employee at the coffee shop across the hallway started asking them what they were doing.

The men didn’t answer and wheeled the machine out of the building through the service entrance they used to come in.

The machine is worth $5,000 and was holding about $15,000, police said. The theft was captured on surveillance video, pictured above.

Anyone with information may contact Garden Grove Police investigators at (714) 741-5800

-- Tony Barboza

Photo credit: Garden Grove Police Department

Comments () | Archives (16)

As easy of a heist as this was...the thieves are almost deserving. This was seriously poor management on the part of the ATM Machine owners/management company.
LOL, wow!

And just where was the hotel's security?

Geewiz! I agree with Tee. I read this to a co-worker before reading the comment and she pretty much said the same thing!

If I saw two suspicious guys taking the ATM away I'd ignore it and go in the other direction. I'm not risking my life for a cash machine.

My understanding is that these machines have dye packs in them that go off when the safe area is tampered with. Not a very useful thing to steal, unless you have a pressing need for small pieces of blue-painted paper.

sounds less dangerous than robbing a bank. Uhmmmmm

Wow, very clueless management.

1) Printing a description of the suspects, or their vehicle, is a good start

2) Bolting ATM's to floors is easy.

3) Apparently the machine doesn't have a GPS device or a cell phone link inside to follow it. The new models likely will have both.

Anyway, a night in a swimming pool ought to finish any electronics, and they all open with time & tools.

Who needs a dye-pak? I'm surprised these machine don't have a simple back-up battery that emits it's GPS location.

From the comments I read this is what America's all about. If someone is stupid enough to leave it where it can get stolen, the thieves deserve what they can steal! Unfortunately that $20K or so they wheeled off will cost all of us somewhere down the road. A perfect example of a couple of guys who probably, for most of their lives, did more work to get out of work than just doing what they were supposed to do in the first place. Congratulations you two! You finally hit the jackpot. Probably inspired when they watched the movie Barbershop at 2 in the afternoon on a weekday!

How little it would have cost to bolt the machine down!

Wow, I am really surprised that the culprits appear to be minorities but that would be profiling, wouldn't it? "I didn't do it"!

My junker car has a better alarm system.

Lessee: Leave a box with 10-20K on a ground floor lobby. Hope nobody takes it.
Yup, real smart!

I can understand why the coffee shop guy didn't intervene, but why didn't he alert hotel security? Guards are paid $9/hour to risk their lives. They could have stopped the theft.

And who was with the camera

where was the police


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