Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Thieves dress up to steal ATM -- Garden Grove, CA

Two thieves casually strolled into an upscale Garden Grove hotel and made off with an ATM and all of the cash inside.

Investigators believe that the two suspects in this case had been targeting a specific ATM inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The two men made off with approximately $15,000 in cash in less than five minutes.

The crime occurred around 5:10 a.m. Monday when the two men walked through the main entrance to the hotel on Harbor Boulevard. They loaded an ATM onto a dolly and wheeled it out the same door through which they entered.

The men were wearing what's described as work attire, and they got away easily because it was so early in the morning.

"There's not a lot of traffic in the hotel at the time. There was one of the clerks I believe at the desk that saw the subjects pick up the ATM, but the way she described it was that they were just two employees. She figured they were from the ATM company," said Garden Grove Police Department Lt. Robert Fowler.

Authorities say that the machine itself is worth about $5,000, and there was approximately $15,000 inside the machine at the time of the crime. The machines are not always bolted or securely chained to the floors, and police say the suspects took advantage of the situation.

"I think it was a crime of opportunity and the subjects just decided to take it," said Fowler.


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