Stolen ATM machine found in Fort Mill woods

03/20/2014 3:52 PM

03/20/2014 4:03 PM

The Fort Mill ATM machine ripped from its post by a hot-wired forklift outside a bank last week was found in the woods Thursday along with the truck used to steal it, deputies said.

Last Wednesday, deputies were sent to TD Bank on Stone Village Drive between 4 and 5 a.m. after an ATM alarm went off, according to a York County Sheriff’s report. Deputies found the hot-wired forklift still running next to the area where the machine had been stationed.

Bank security footage showed suspects using the forklift to break the ATM off its foundation and put it in the bed of a pickup truck, the report states. A suspect in dark clothing got out of the forklift, jumped into the truck and drove away. The truck traveled onto S.C. 160, but deputies could not find it.

While investigating, deputies found the pickup truck and ATM machine in the wooded area off Vista Road in Fort Mill, said Sheriff’s Deputy Kim Morehouse. It’s unclear how deputies managed to find the ATM machine and the truck, but Morehouse said deputies did not find any suspects in sight and no arrests have been made.

The ATM machine, deputies reported, is worth $300,000, not including the money that might have been inside. Morehouse on Thursday afternoon said investigators had not managed to examine the ATM, but said it was in transit to the Sheriff’s Office, where deputies will evaluate whether it had been successfully opened or not.

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