Front-end loader used to rip ATM out of ground

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Police are actively searching for at least one person connected to an early Thursday morning theft of an ATM in suburban West Palm Beach.

The attempted heist occurred at Palm Beach Community Bank near Okeechobee Boulevard and Benoist Farms Road.

Officers said robbers ripped the ATM out of ground with a front-end loader and attempted to put it on a flat-bed truck.

No money was taken, and the ATM and truck were recovered nearby. "It's sad that people think they're going to get away with something of this nature. [The ATM] is very good-quality equipment. They're not going to get anything out of them. That's the way it works with ATMs," said Jim Springer with the Palm Beach Community Bank.

Earlier, Chopper 5 spotted at least one person being placed in handcuffs. However, as of 11:20 a.m., no arrests had been made, according to West Palm Beach police.

Crews were busy Thursday morning cleaning up a mess in the bank's parking lot which including downed trees and uprooted grass.

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