Recent ATM thefts in Rochester could be related to similar incidents in Twin Cities |

Recent ATM thefts in Rochester could be related to similar incidents in Twin Cities

Updated: June 08, 2021 06:11 PM
Created: June 08, 2021 11:29 AM

(ABC 6 News) - Two ATM machines were broken into Monday morning in Rochester, according to the Rochester Police Department. 

Around 5 a.m. Monday, the ATM outside Mayo Clinic Credit Union at 4463 Canal Place SE was broken into and money was stolen. 

According to RPD, surveillance video shows two men get out of a white Ford pickup and pry open the machine. The men then tied a yellow tow strap to the ATM. A third person driving the truck pulled the ATM off its base. The men stole money from the machine before driving off. 

RPD does not yet know how much money was stolen from the ATM, but there is about $50,000 in damage to the machine itself. 

About an hour later, around 6 a.m. Monday, a witness saw a white Chevy pickup with a yellow tow strap tied to the ATM machine outside Minnwest Bank at 331 16th Ave SW. 

The truck then drove behind Fairfield Inn near the bank. The witness saw two men get out and run from the scene. RPD suspects the men knew they had been seen and fled. 

RPD is unsure if any money was successfully stolen from the ATM at Minnwest Bank, but there is about $1,000 in damage to that machine. 

RPD found the white Ford truck used in the first incident abandoned behind Fairfield Inn and discovered it had been stolen from the 1800 block of 17th St NW. Police said the truck was stolen sometime between 9 p.m. on Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday. 

Police have yet to catch the people involved or find the white Chevy pickup. One of the suspects was wearing a black mask, black hoodie, black pants, white tennis shoes and orange gloves. The other was wearing a red long-sleeved shirt, dark pants and dark shoes, according to RPD. 

Police believe the same men are responsible for both break-ins based on suspect descriptions. 

RPD said these incidents are similar to a series of recent ATM thefts in the Twin Cities area and suspect they may be related. 

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