Passerby notices ATM burglars in action, calls police

Despite the damage to machine, no cash taken, police say

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police say an observant delivery driver helped to stop an ATM burglary in action early Tuesday morning.

They say the witness, who was delivering gasoline to a nearby gas station, noticed two men who appeared to be breaking into the Wells Fargo cash machine in the 2300 block of NW Military.

He called 911 around 4:30 a.m., telling dispatchers that one of the men appeared to have a crowbar in his hand while the other was wrapping a chain around the ATM.

Police quickly responded to the scene but found the burglars already were gone.

They searched the area for their vehicle, described as either a Ford or Chevrolet pickup that was white in color, but they did not find it right away.

However, officers on the West side of town tracked down the truck about an hour later on Marbach Road near Loop 410.

They said there was no one inside when they found it.

The ATM was left with substantial damage to its housing, but police say the burglars did not get into the portion of the machine that holds the cash.

About the Authors:

Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

Tim has been a photojournalist and video editor at KSAT since 1998. He came to San Antonio from Lubbock, where he worked in TV and earned his bachelor's degree in Electronic Media and Communication from Texas Tech University. Tim has won a handful of awards and has earned a master's in Strategic Communication and Innovation from Tech as well.