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WICHITA, Kansas — Police are turning to social media for help after recent reports of ATM thefts and attempted break ins.
Investigators are looking into whether or not there’s a possible connection between the crimes.
Surveillance camera captured every second of the crime as a man pulled up to The Cotillion in a green pick up truck.
Using a rope and the back of the truck he was able to pry open the venue doors and moments later you can see the thief wheeling out the ATM with his cart.
“I just thought it was an odd way for him to make a living,” said Katherine Leslie, co-owner of The Cotillion. “It seems like there would be other things for him to do.”
Co-owner of The Cotillion Katherine Leslie is surprised at the lengths some people would go for a couple hundreds of dollars.
She says the machine doesn’t hold a lot of money to begin with, but that hasn’t stopped the crime from happening again across town.
“The company that we bought the ATM machine from said that it had happened recently very similar at the Marriott,” said Leslie. “Possible it was the same person.”
Wichita police say they’re going to investigate to see if there’s a connection, but at this point they don’t have enough information to link the two cases together.
Local ATM service experts declined an on-camera interview, but did tell KSN News that it’s important for these machines to be bolted to the floor to prevent future crimes from happening.
“We are asking people to keep an eye out for people that are acting suspiciously around ATMs, ” said Lt. Doug Nolte, Wichita Police Department. “Especially if they have any kind of tools with them and it’s after hours.”
If you have any information about the ATM theft, please contact Det. Gordon at 316-268-4453 or MGordon@wichita.gov.
You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers 316-267-2111 or 1-800-222-TIPS.