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

April 27, 2010 |  9:49 am

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