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Sparks police investigate theft of an ATM
by Tribune Staff
Sep 11, 2011 | 1534 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print

SPARKS — Police are looking for two suspects connected to stealing an automated teller machine from a bank early Sunday morning.

Shortly before 5 a.m., Sparks police received a call about someone destroying an ATM at the Greater Nevada Credit Union, located at 1101 Los Altos Pkwy. Further information indicated that someone was using a backhoe to destroy an ATM at the bank, and the equipment was being used to place the ATM in the back of a pickup truck. The vehicle carrying the machine was last seen driving east on Los Altos Parkway.

About three hours later, two hunters happened upon the suspects apparently trying to gain access to the ATM near the west end of Winnemucca Ranch road. The hunters drove back until they got an active cell phone signal and called the Sparks Police Department.

Two officers responded and as they drove into the area they saw a possible suspect vehicle driving away at a high rate of speed. That vehicle is described as a dark blue or green Chevy or Dodge flatbed truck with chrome rails on the flatbed. The rails are about 4 to 6 inches high. There also was a bar in the bed of the truck that protected the rear window. Finally, the truck has an aftermarket bumper that has brake lights shaped like hash marks, and there are two on either side of the bumper.

A second vehicle was in the area that might be involved and is described as a green-colored truck, possibly belonging to the Granite Construction Company. At this time the Sparks Police Department is not aware of any Granite trucks being reported stolen. Both vehicles fled the area, and officers were not able to catch them due to a flat tire.

The suspects are described as white or Hispanic men, one wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and the other wearing a bright orange hooded sweatshirt.

Officers were able to recover the ATM. It has not been determined if there is any cash loss.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Sparks police detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.

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