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Again: Crooks use front-end loader to steal ATM

By Al Pefley email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

JUPITER, FL (WFLX) - Caught on tape: Another ATM split open by a front-end loader. Desperate crooks going to extremes to steal an ATM. This is just the recent bank hit in a rash of robberies. But we're getting late word, this time around, the ATM has been found.

Some bank robbers nowadays don't use a mask and a gun; instead, they use a front-end loader. Surveillance video from inside the ATM itself shows the front-end loader going by, and then seconds later, it comes back into view and begins to smash apart the ATM machine at a Bank of America on Donald Ross Road.

Another camera shows a commercial flat-bed truck leaving the scene moments later hauling the ATM away.

When Jupiter police got there, the only thing left was a hole in the ground in the drive-thru lane with wires protruding from it where the ATM used to be.

The front-end loader was stolen from a construction site near the bank, and one of the workers there can't believe it. "It's pretty crazy somebody can go down the road and not be noticed. But it's a pretty intense feeling, I would think, to be going after a bank machine any ways. I don't know how they got away with it."

The caper is strikingly similar to another ATM heist about three weeks ago, November 21, in West Palm Beach at a Washington Mutual on Northlake Boulevard.

That one, too, was caught on surveillance video showing a front-end loader smashing apart an ATM machine in the drive-thru and scooping up a safe filled with cash that was contained inside the ATM.

One expert told us there's not much they can do to stop crooks from stealing a front-end loader. "We do everything we can do. We shut our doors. We lock 'em; we take the master keys out of 'em. That's pretty much the normal scenario. If somebody's desperate enough, I guess, they're gonna get it no matter what."

We are getting word that investigators found the stolen ATM machine Tuesday night. A guy spotted it while fishing in a pond in a wooded area off Beeline Highway and Indiantown Road. Jupiter Police are now confirming it is the one that was stolen Tuesday morning.

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