Crime Stoppers: Police search for suspects in ATM thefts
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Wichita police are looking for two people who are trying to steal money from ATMs around the city.
Detectives hope security video might help them catch them before they strike again.
It was around 5:00 a.m. on Monday, October 24 when security cameras captured a white four door Ford pickup truck pull up to the ATM at the Meritrust Credit Union at Pawnee and Seneca.
"They were able to break open the front face of the ATM, but they weren't able to access the safe and get any money," said Wichita Police Officer Trevor Macy.
The video shows one man use a crowbar to open the machine. The driver of the truck then got out to help. After several minutes the two left.
“I understand that times are hard,” said Wichita resident Kaylene Stone. “If you have a family, they're going to do whatever they need to do even if it’s not the right thing to do."
That's why police say the security video is so important.
“ATMS are machines with a large amount of money inside,” said Macy. “They're going to be a target for thieves. That's why banks have so many cameras and things put in place to try to catch people who do that."
Police say the same suspects are tied to several other attempted ATM break-ins across the city recently, including one at the Emprise Bank on east Central. The damage costs thousands of dollars to repair.
Now police hope someone recognizes these guys before they strike again.
“These guys were unsuccessful, so they're likely to keep trying until they get what they're after," Macy said.
If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.