Stolen Truck Linked to ATM Theft

Thieves have been using a new technique to tap ATM machines in the metro.

Early Christmas morning a rental truck thief with a screwdriver found an unlocked vehicle and went to work.

Dan Smith, with Bellevue Rental Center, said, “It took him 12 minutes from the time he jumped in the vehicle."

Smith has security camera video of the thief driving away. By looking at the video it appears to the owner of Belleuve Rental Center that the thief knew exactly what size truck to look for. It also had a ramp on the back.

Investigators say thieves used the stolen rental truck to steal an ATM from DJ’s Dugout on Christmas morning, breaking glass instead of the door to avoid the alarm.

The sports bar owner, Darwin Hanssen, said, “I think they were professionals. They knew exactly what they wanted. They came in and out of there in less than five minutes."

Rick Lempp, the owner of Nebraska ATM, delivered a new machine to the bar. He won't say how much cash will be inside but reveals the amount of a reward for the theft.

Lempp said, “Last time I talked to the police, they already had a couple of leads on these guys but we're going to offer a $1,000 reward for anyone who can lead to their conviction."

The stolen truck was found abandoned in Douglas County with no sign of the ATM.

The bar and rental center are adding cameras in case the ATM thieves try to cash in again.

Smith said, “We’ll be waiting for ‘em this time."

The tactics used by these thieves might sound familiar. Last month we showed you an ATM theft at a Walgreens near 180th and Dodge. Thieves used a rental truck. Investigators are looking into whether the same people are responsible.

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