POSTED: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 1:04pm
NATIONAL NEWS (CNN) — Three men used a stolen tow truck to yank an automated teller machine from its foundation in Clairemont early Wednesday, then drove about two miles away, where they cut the ATM open and fled with its cash, police said.
The ATM belongs to Chase Bank and was stolen from 5825 Balboa Ave. about 3:30 a.m., San Diego police Sgt. Ray Battrick said.
Security cameras showed that two men attached a cable to the ATM and ripped the machine from its moorings with the black flatbed tow truck, investigators said. About two hours later, the stolen tow truck was found with the engine still running at Tecolote Canyon Golf Course at 2755 Snead Ave., according to Battrick.
The ATM was found on the ground nearby. It was cut open and the cash was missing, Battrick said.
Police believe a third man met the thieves in the parking lot and drove them and the loot away in a white box truck.