POWAY- San Diego County Sheriff’s officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects who stole an ATM machine, after ripping it from its foundation at a drugstore in Poway.
The theft occurred on Monday, August 31 at 3:15 a.m. when unknown suspects broke the glass front door at a Rite-Aid located at 1266 Poway Road. Surveillance video showed at least five suspects enter the store and secured a steel cable to a stand-alone ATM.
The suspects then attached the other end of the steel cable to a white pickup truck and ripped the ATM from its foundation. They fled the scene after loading the ATM machine on to the back of the pickup truck.
Two San Diego police officers found the ATM later that night near the 1500 block of Bonita Vista in Southeast San Diego. The ATM was broken open and there was no money inside.
A white, mid-1990s Chevrolet Silverado was used by the suspects in the theft, but no license plate number was seen on the surveillance video. San Diego County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest.
The video of the theft has been posted to YouTube.