WINDCREST, TEXAS - An organized effort to steal ATMs from banks across the San Antonio area continued Friday morning, police said.
According to police, two men, using a forklift taken from a nearby construction site, lifted an ATM from a Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union in the 7700 block of North Interstate 35.
The two men loaded the machine into the back of a pickup truck and drove away leaving the forklift running at the scene of the crime.
As the suspects attempted to drive away on the access road of I-35, police said the weight of the heavy ATM shifted and fell out of the bed of the truck.
The Windcrest police chief said the red pick-up truck was recovered near Eisenhauer road and was identified as stolen.
Windcrest police chief said the crime was caught on camera and they hope to generate leads from the video.
Police said the incident is nearly identical to an ATM theft that occurred at a Compass Bank in the Huebner Oaks Shopping Center Wednesday morning around the same time, 4 a.m. San Antonio police said two men stole a forklift and used it to rip out an ATM machine. They said the thieves loaded the machine into a black F150 and drove off west bound on the interstate 10 frontage road.
Police have not said if the two incidents are related.
"We're still looking into it. Obviously this is still an open investigation. We have two suspects, two male suspects. We don't know how many more but we are looking into several other things and we're going from there," said Al Ballew, Windcrest police chief.
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