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WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police attempted to stop a pickup matching the Meritrust ATM break-in vehicle.
On Wednesday, police released surveillance photos from the Meritrust near Maple and 135th that showed the suspect near the ATM.
Then early Thursday, an officer recognized the Toyota Tacoma.
As the officer tried to pull him over on K-42, a chase pursued.
The suspect fled on McCormick and then south on Seneca.
The truck went through a fence at 1700 South Seneca.
The chase was eventually called off in the 4000 block of East Douglas.
“At this time, we do believe this is probably the pickup truck related to the theft because it ran, but we can’t confirm that 100 percent,” said Lt. Doug Nolte, Wichita Police Department. “We are still encouraging residents to be on the lookout for this pickup truck.”
The ATM break-in makes four since July 30th.
The first was at the Marriott at Webb and Kellogg where the suspect tried to break into a machine.
Then an entire ATM was stolen from the Cotillion where the suspect loaded the machine onto a truck and drove away.
The truck in Wednesday’s attempt doesn’t match the most recent vehicle description.
“The question is are they related? We don’t know. It’s concerning that we’ve got a run of attempts on ATMs so we’re certainly looking at it that way, but we don’t know yet if they are,” said Nolte.
The pickup in Wednesday’s ATM attempt has a Kansas dealers tag. It is D435FF.
If you recognize the suspect or the truck, call Crime Stoppers at 267-2111.