It's a story that reminds us of the "trips and falls" of the three stooges. Thieves, three of them, seem to do their best impersonation while stealing an ATM.
Just before the 5 a.m. opening, hooded thieves break into Pump and Pantry near I-80 and Highway 370 and lasso an ATM. Rick McGlade the store manager calls them pros. "The time in and out was very quick. They way they did the chain they had it set and they were in and out in under 3 minutes."
This is one of about a dozen ATMs stolen in the Omaha metro area the last six months. A smashed front window is the usual point of entry.
In this case the thieves ran a log chain in, wrapped it around the estimated 500 pound ATM and yanked it away. The bolts have been snapped off.
The thieves do their best not to be caught on camera until one of them slips into the picture. Just before the theft he stumbles from the van and appears to injure his left ankle. He limps to help steal the ATM.
Looking at security camera video, store manager McGlade says, "It looked like he hurt his leg and hopefully someone will notice that and know who he is and get him caught."
And the same thief shows again why he's a slippery suspect. As accomplices remove the ATM he slips on broken glass and exposes himself to a security camera. Rick McGlade says, " Yes very clumsy."
The amount of money in the stolen ATM isn't disclosed, but the store is adding security measures in case the thieves try to cash in again.
Investigators hope the bumbling burglar can be identified and won't take the fall for the crime alone, but video of the heavy set suspect falling into view may be their best lead.
Tips can be called in to Sarpy County Crime Stoppers at 402-592-STOP.