PBSO: Thieves steal Florida Chase Bank ATM, pull machine from concrete, later crash truck near homes
Investigators are still searching for suspects
6:47 PM, Dec 17, 2013
12:43 PM, Dec 18, 2013
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. -- - The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is looking for whoever is responsible for stealing an ATM from a Chase Bank near Jog Road and Woolbright Road.
Investigators said the cash dispensing machine was ripped from the concrete, making the incident at least the second ATM theft in two weeks.
"If you know what you're doing, you can get into them fairly easy. But most of the criminals these days don't know what they're doing and they try beating them open. And just like in the movies, it's not as easy as it looks," said John Smith, an ATM technician who is using an alias to protect his identity.
Smith has had his machines stolen before.
He said weighing in at around 1,000 pounds, ATMs are sophisticated safes that are constantly dispensing cash and usually only hold a few thousand dollars.
"I don't like the fact that it happens, but I wish the thieves were more educated and realized there isn't much money in these things," said Smith.
For the people worried about their personal information being stolen along with the machine, Smith said there is no need to worry. He said most ATMs only store and record the last four digits of a credit card.
"For anyone stealing an ATM machine, I don't think they're looking for the information," said Reggie Montgomery, a former police officer who is now a private investigator. "They're looking for the cash."
Montgomery said ATM thefts are rare. He said in the cases he has worked, thieves are more drawn to free-standing machines. Montgomery calls them soft targets.
"I mean you see it there, it's free standing, I think I can pull it out of there," said Montgomery.
Smith said worst of all each time an ATM is stolen, replacing it just drives up those dreaded fees.
"I don't like it. Get a job, make you're own money," said Smith.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said they have yet to catch whoever is responsible.
Anyone with any information can call CrimeStoppers at 1.800.458.TIPS