Two people in ski masks and dark clothing hitched an ATM machine to a tow truck and ripped the unit off its concrete mounting at a local bank Monday morning.
Officers found the torn-up ATM about 1 p.m. Monday in a field near the mouth of Emmigration Canyon. The machine had been destroyed and the money was gone."Some people who live in the high-rise buildings in the canyon noticed some men working out there," said Salt Lake Police Lt. Dennis Tueller. "When they heard the news reports about what happened, they realized what was going on and called us."
The thieves used cutting torches and sledge hammers to crack the ATM, Tueller said. At least two men left the scene - one driving a maroon Pontiac, witnesses told police.
A surveillance camera caught the men ripping the ATM from its foundation with the tow truck. Police hope to better identify the suspects from surveillance tapes.
The men stole the machine about 5:30 a.m. from Bank One, 1285 S. 2100 East, said Salt Lake police Lt. Phil Kirk. Police responded to the burglary alarm but found nothing but a bent bolt that used to hold the ATM to the concrete.
Officers found the 21-foot tow truck abandoned a mile up the canyon. It was reported stolen Sunday about 9 p.m. from the Aspen Hills Apartments, 3989 S. 900 East, Kirk said.
Investigators are following some leads in connection with the robbery. The Pontiac had trouble pulling out of the field in the canyon and left with body damage, Tueller said. Also, officers are checking the tow truck for fingerprints and other evidence.
Police took the ATM - which weighs hundreds of pounds - into evidence, Tueller added.