SAN ANTONIO – Two suspects have been taken into custody after allegedly stealing a Stone Oak ATM with a forklift overnight, San Antonio police said Wednesday.
Investigators said security workers for Chase Bank were monitoring surveillance cameras at the drive-through of the bank, located at the corner of Evans Road and Stone Oak Parkway, when they noticed the thieves in action stealing the ATM shortly before 3:30 a.m.
According to police, following the ATM theft Chase security was able to get a description from video.
Police said officers eventually located the U-Haul truck on Loop 1604. When the officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver did not stop and instead sped off.
Due to policy restrictions the officers did not pursue the vehicle and backed off, police said.
The U-Haul truck eventually exited Loop 1604 at Judson Road. The suspects fled on foot and were not located, police said.
Officers were able to stop a second vehicle following the U-Haul with two people inside along with evidence related to the theft.
It seems like a bit of criminal deja vu as thieves have stolen an automatic teller machine from a local bank's drive-through by using a forklift.
San Antonio police has investigated a string of the of crimes earlier this year, back in February and April.
Early Wednesday, police received a call about a similar crime, only this time it was in Stone Oak.
Investigators said security workers for Chase Bank were monitoring surveillance cameras at the drive-through of the bank, located at the corner of Evans Road and Stone Oak Parkway.
They noticed the thieves in action, stealing the ATM, then called 911 shortly before 3:30 a.m.
When officers arrived, the thieves and bank machine were gone. It appears the ATM had been ripped off its foundation.
Idling nearby was a forklift that police said was stolen from a construction site across the street.
As in the previous cases, the thieves used the forklift to remove the machine and then load it into their getaway vehicle.
In the earlier crimes, the thieves used a pickup truck. This time, though, police said they were in a U-Haul box truck.
Police said the crime was caught on camera, and they plan to review the surveillance video for clues.