Drag marks on ground lead police to ATM stolen from North Side bank

Money machine found in nearby parking lot

San Antonio police didn’t have to look too far for clues when it came to tracking down an ATM that was stolen from a North Side bank early Monday morning.

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police didn’t have to look too far for clues when it came to tracking down an ATM that was stolen from a North Side bank early Monday morning.

They simply followed a trail of drag marks on the ground to find the stolen money machine.

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Officers noticed it was missing from the drive-thru of a Chase Bank, located at Jones-Maltsberger Road and Thousand Oaks, after receiving a call around 3:45 a.m.

It was clear from the damage at the drive-thru that the machine had been ripped off its perch.

A police officer keeps watch over the bank drive-thru where thieves carried out their theft of the ATM. (KSAT 12 News)

Even in the dark, though, a trail of scuff marks on the concrete were visible, extending from the drive-thru to a parking lot less than a quarter mile away.

The thieves had abandoned the ATM, banged up but still intact, outside a 99-Cents and More store.

Police say it still had a heavy chain wrapped around it that was attached to the back of a pickup.

They believe the crooks had driven down the street with the bank machine dragging behind them.

Witnesses told them they saw the group leave in a different vehicle and provided officers a description of it.

Police say they detained the driver of that vehicle as “a person of interest” in the ATM theft case.

At last check, they were still searching for other people tied to this case.

Officers said the truck that was used in the theft had been stolen from someone locally.


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.

Azian Bermea is a photojournalist at KSAT.