Lufkin Police are investigating the theft of an automated teller machine and Crime Stoppers has cash available to reward the first, most accurate anonymous tip that helps
solve the crime.

The investigation began around 3:30 AM September 11 with officers responding to an
alarm at Southside Bank on S. Timberland Dr. On their arrival, the officers saw that the
drive-up ATM was missing and followed a debris trail from the bank to the parking lot of
First United Methodist Church on E. Denman Ave.

In the church parking lot, the officers found the ATM attached by chains to a Ford truck,
which itself had been stolen. It appears that the thieves were forced to abandon their
prizes when one of the chains they used to drag the ATM broke. The ATM was not entered, so no money was taken, but the damage costs are great.

The thieves are believed to have fled on foot from the church toward the intersection of
E. Denman Ave. and S Chestnut St. They wore masks but should be easily recognized
by anyone who knows them.

contributed photo/LPD

If you recognize the criminals, submit a tip anonymously at 639TIPS.com or call (936)
639-TIPS. You might see other requests to assist with this investigation but remember that only tips and calls DIRECTLY to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and reward eligible. Information provided directly to a law enforcement officer/agency and information already known to investigators cannot be rewarded.

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