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3 men sought after smashing large truck into ATM in suburban West Palm Beach

Posted at 5:54 AM, Jun 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-21 04:42:31-04

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is looking for three men who escaped after crashing a large box truck into an ATM at a bank along Okeechobee Boulevard early Wednesday morning.

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The incident around 4:45 a.m. at a Bank United located at 4871 Okeechobee Blvd. near Haverhill Road. 

When deputies arrived, they were advised that a truck was dragging an ATM northbound on Haverhill Road. 

PBSO later located a Ford F-250 on Haverhill Road, just south of Century Boulevard. An ATM was also found lying in the road about 10 feet in front of the truck. 

PBSO said it appears the robbers used the box truck to strike the "free-standing ATM."  They then dragged the ATM behind the F-250 onto northbound Haverhill Road. 

At some point it appears the ATM got in front of the F-250.  The F-250's front bumper then struck the ATM, causing airbags to deploy.  The robbers fled the scene upon impact and are still at large.  

The sheriff's office said both the F-250 and box truck were reported stolen.

PBSO released a timeline of events:

  • 12:11 a.m. Wednesday, a gray Nissan pulled into the parking lot of an industrial area on Gardens Road in Riviera Beach and stole a white Ford F-250.
  • The robbers drove the stolen F-250 to Prospect Avenue in Riviera Beach where they stole a white GMC box truck.
  • The thieves drove both stolen trucks to the Bank United on Okeechobee Boulevard in suburban West Palm Beach where they used the box truck to smash the ATM. The suspects abandoned the box truck and fled the bank with the ATM tied to the bumper of the F-250.
  • At 4:45 am, while driving down Haverhill Road,  the ATM broke loose, causing a crash. All three men, who were armed and wearing masks, abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene.
  • Deputies located the crashed F-250 and recovered the ATM intact.

Story has been updated to clarify that three men are being sought in the case. A man and woman witnessed the incident but were not involved, according to PBSO.