Two Thieves Attempt To Steal ATM Machine - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/15/07

Two Thieves Attempt To Steal ATM Machine

An attempt to withdraw not just money, but the entire ATM, fails, leaving one man in custody and the other on the run.

With the help of a crowbar, two men broke into a 7-11 at 19th and Iola around 2 a.m. Monday. The pair wrapped a chain around the ATM inside and used a stolen SUV to drag the machine out of the store.

But the getaway didn't go as planned, because all the suspects were able to drive off with was the chain. The ATM machine remained behind in the parking lot.

Moments after police arrived on the scene, the suspects returned to perhaps complete their unfinished business. Police spotted them near 26th and La Salle. The suspects took off on foot but police end up handcuffing Richard DeLeon near 24th and Milwaukee.

DeLeon now faces charges for burglary, a stolen vehicle and evading arrest. His accomplice remains on the run but police say when they catch up with him, he will pay a price.

Authorities tell NewsChannel 11 most ATM's only have a couple hundred dollars inside. Police also add there is no way for the guys to steal any bank information or passwords from the machine since those are done electronically.

This crime is considered burglary of a building and is a third class felony. The suspects could face jail time if found guilty.

If you have any information, please call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

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