SAPD: Witness was in ‘right place, right time’ to spot ATM burglary

Trucker noticed men breaking into Wells Fargo bank machine on NW Military Drive, called police

Police say thanks to a willing witness who called them, some people who broke into a Northwest Side ATM ran off empty-handed.
Police say thanks to a willing witness who called them, some people who broke into a Northwest Side ATM ran off empty-handed.

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police are crediting a truck driver for being in the “right place, right time” to help stop the burglary of an automatic teller machine.

Police are still looking for the people who smashed the front of the ATM in the 2300 block of NW Military early Tuesday morning.

However, the burglars left without getting any cash, thanks to a willing witness, police said.

“I just can’t believe I saw what I saw,” said Dale Dittberner, a delivery driver. “I was going by to deliver and I looked over and saw it going on.”

Dittberner was delivering gasoline to a station when he noticed a white pickup parked near the freestanding bank machine with at least two men nearby who appeared to be making an illegal withdrawal.

“It looked they had a chain or something wrapped around it. The other guy was up there trying to pry with a pry bar,” he said.

Police swarmed to the area but were unable to catch the men who burglarized the cash machine. (KSAT 12 News)

After he called 911, officers arrived, apparently scaring off the crooks.

They searched the area but did not find them.

“Unfortunately there’s probably a good half dozen apartment complexes and neighborhoods in that area so a lot of avenues for them to turn,” said SAPD Officer Patrick Des Rosiers.

Officers on the city’s west side, though, did find that pickup later on Marbach Road near Loop 410. The men who were inside got away.

Police will be searching the pickup for any physical evidence.

It’s possible they also may be able to get surveillance video from the ATM or the shopping center.

After he did all he could to help, Dittberner climbed into his tanker truck and got back on the road again.

About the Authors:

Katrina Webber 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.

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.