Tigard police are looking for a thief — or thieves — who ripped out a freestanding automatic teller machine and dragged it through a nearby parking lot, tearing up speed bumps and curbs along the way, early Monday morning, Nov. 15.
According to a news release from the Tigard Police Department, the incident occurred at 3:15 a.m., when alarms went off at the Chase Bank in the 12100 block of Southwest Scholls Ferry Road.
"At about the same time, witnesses at the Meadow Creek Apartments (12505 SW North Dakota Street) reported a Ford F350 … driving through the parking lot with an ATM chained to the back of the truck," police said. "As the driver went through the parking lot, the ATM caused extensive damage, ripping out speed bumps and causing curbs to break apart, damaging at least one car."
Responding officers found the pickup nearby, still running but with no one inside. A search by a K-9 tracking unit couldn't immediately locate the suspect or suspects.
Kelsey Anderson, a spokesperson for the Tigard Police Department, said whether any money was removed from the ATM is part of the department's investigation to be determined by the bank.
Anderson said while it's unusual, the theft of an entire ATM is not new in Tigard, although in the past it's happened with smaller machines at locations such as gas stations and convenience stores.
"This style of theft (stealing the entire machine) has also happened in other jurisdictions across the (Northwest) and in other states across the country as well," she added.
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