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Thieves knock down ATM with pickup truck, drive off with it

December 23, 2011 |  9:23 am

ATM stolen from bank
A pair of thieves made off with an ATM in Laguna Hills early Friday morning after knocking it down with their truck.

The two suspects drove up to the ATM outside the Chase bank at 24085 El Toro Road about 4:48 a.m. in a white pickup truck with a flatbed trailer, said Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino.

At first they tried to tie a cable around the machine and pull it out, but the cable snapped, so they knocked it over with their truck, Amormino said. Then they loaded the machine onto the trailer and drove off.

They also stole an overhead light, perhaps thinking it was a camera, he said. 

A surveillance camera was able to capture a partial license plate number: 8---58. A description of the suspects was not immediately available. It was unknown how much money was in the ATM.

Amormino said because the crime occurred at a bank, the suspects face federal charges, and the FBI will be investigating along with the sheriff's department.


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Photo: Scene of the ATM theft in Laguna Woods. Credit: KTLA-TV