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VIDEO: Stolen Forklift Used to Steal Entire Outdoor Bank ATM in Lexington, South Carolina

Tue April 05 2011 12:22 pm
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Police in Lexington, South Carolina say theives stole a forklift from a nearby construction site and used it to steal an ATM from outside a bank, loading it into a pickup truck that was stolen from a nearby apartment.

Lexington police officers responded to an alarm at the First National Bank around 5:30 a.m. Sunday and found a stolen forklift and wires sticking out of a hole where a bank ATM used to sit.

Security video released Monday shows a large forklift being used to remove an outdoor ATM machine from a bank in about 45 seconds.

The ATM was loaded into a silver Dodge Ram pickup truck, which was also stolen.

Georgetown County sheriff’s investigators are interested in determining if the Lexington thieves are the same subjects who stole an ATM machine from a bank in Pawleys Island last month.

Lexington police and Goergetown County sheriff’s deputies are investigating.

Citizens with information are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to Crimestoppers of the Midlands (see info here). You can also text information in by texting “TIPSC” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). All tips remain anonymous, and offer eligibility for a cash reward.

Citizens with information about the Pawleys Island theft are urged to call the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office at 843-546-5102. Anonymous tips can also be sent by using Text-A-Tip: Text the word “GCSOTIP” to 274637 and your message from any text-enabled cell phone.

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