Po­lice seek­ing ATM thieves

Sus­pects at­tempted to re­move ATM from New­ton Fed­eral Bank

The Covington News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Tyler Smith

The Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment is on the lookout for sus­pected se­rial thieves af­ter un­known per­sons at­tempted to re­move the ATM from New­ton Fed­eral Bank.

CPD De­tec­tive DJ Seals said se­cu­rity footage showed a per­son pull the rear end of a white van up to the ATM at ap­prox­i­mately 2 a. m. Thurs­day morn­ing. The uniden­ti­fied per­son then strapped the ATM to the back of the van and at­tempted to rip the ma­chine from the ground and wall. The strap re­port­edly broke af­ter par­tially dis­con­nect­ing the ATM from its foun­da­tion.

“ That ATM is old,” Seals said. “ It might weigh as much as the van.”

Sim­i­lar crimes have oc­curred in other metro At­lanta coun­ties, Seals said, but it has yet to be de­ter­mined if the crime in Cov­ing­ton is re­lated to those in other ar­eas.

“ Other ju­ris­dic­tions have said the van has some sort of wench sys­tem, but like I said, we haven’t been able to con­nect them yet,” Seals said.

The would- be thief painted some of the se­cu­rity cam­eras be­fore com­mit­ting the crime but did not do a very good job, Seals said. Some cam­eras were too high to be cov­ered while oth­ers were not cov­ered com­pletely.

So far the CPD has been un­able to de­ter­mine the race or sex of the sus­pect seen on cam­era. Seals said the per­son bun­dled up and was com­pletely cov­ered from head to foot. Other coun­ties have re­ported sim­i­lar crimes have been com­mit­ted by mul­ti­ple sus­pects. Seals said though they think there were two peo­ple in the van; they can­not be cer­tain due to the par­tially ob­structed cam­eras.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this case, please con­tact the CPD at ( 770) 786- 7605.

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