Suspected ATM thief arrested, more people may be involved

Police believe Clinton Barnes, 34, behind numerous ATM break-ins

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SAN ANTONIO – Police arrested a man Wednesday they suspect has been responsible for numerous ATM break-ins or attempted break-ins.

San Antonio Police arrested Clinton Barnes Jr., 34, at a motel in the 4000 block of Interstate 10 East Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, about 3 a.m., officers had responded to a call for someone breaking into an ATM at the Pearl on Grayson Street. By the time police arrived, the person was gone, but police found Barnes at the motel after receiving an anonymous tip.

San Antonio Police Department spokesman Officer Doug Greene said Barnes was arrested on a felony warrant for criminal mischief from an incident back in November when he allegedly tried to break into an ATM at a credit union in the 1400 block of Southeast Military Drive.

Greene said Barnes also faces a charge for narcotics possession and another for possession of a stolen vehicle. Police suspect he has his hand in more than that, though.

"We feel this individual is involved in probably six to seven cases where he's attempted to break into ATMs or has stolen the ATM from the location," Greene said. "Most of these locations are private parking lots and from banks.

Greene said the stolen vehicle they're charging him for, a Ford truck, matches the description in other cases dating back to September. Police believe Barnes was using a crowbar or some other tool to bust the ATMs open.

Police didn't find any cash on Barnes when they picked him up Wednesday. They believe there may be other people involved in the break-ins.

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