POSTED: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 2:04pm
HAMMOND, LA (NBC33) — Investigators believe they’ve recovered the stolen vehicle that was used to rip down the wall and burglarize a deli in Hammond. Evidence recovered suggests that the suspect may have a connection to Baton Rouge.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reports investigators learned through surveillance video that the vehicle used in the burglary was a white pick-up F250 work truck. That same type of vehicle had been reported stolen the morning before the burglary occurred.
Officials say the crooks used the stolen truck to pull down the entrance of Ryan’s Deli located in Hammond. They then hooked chains to the ATM inside and attached those to the back of the truck. They then pulled the ATM from the building.
Investigators were able to track down the truck, which they believe the suspects abandoned minutes after committing the crime.
The truck was recovered behind the North Cypress Fitness Center. Inside the vehicle they were able to recover evidence that verified its use in the burglary.
The vault that was located inside the ATM was also recovered. It was found on Monday, April 29 in Baton Rouge on Choctaw Road.
Officials believe the suspects are now traveling in a maroon Cougar with a silver or grey stripe on the sides.
If anyone has information regarding this burglary or possible suspects, please contact Crime Stoppers at 800.554.5245.