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Search on for person who tried to steal Pasco ATM with a forklift

WESLEY CHAPEL — Some of the only evidence of the attack that detectives have to go by are photos snapped by the victim — an ATM.

From under a lit drive-through at TD Bank, 26649 Silver Maple Parkway, in the middle of the night, the pictures show a person in all black with what appears to be a purple rag or sweater wrapped around his or her head. He or she appears to be surveying what would happen next.

Then, filling the photo's frame: the business end of a bright yellow forklift.

Surveillance video starts around 12:17 a.m. Saturday. The person used the forklift to pry the ATM off its base, cracking at least one column on the side of the building and setting off alarms, Pasco sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said.

Deputies responded to the alarm 13 minutes later to find the forklift still running and the person dashing west into the dark. Authorities followed with a canine unit, but couldn't trace the path.

And that's about all Pasco sheriff's deputies are releasing. The burglary was unsuccessful.

The person fled without any cash but managed to damage the building and destroy the ATM, which will cost $50,000 to replace.

Investigators don't know where the forklift came from, but it might have been brought over from a construction site across the street, according to sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. They have not named any suspects. The bank was open for business Tuesday afternoon.

Alex Orlando can be reached at aorlando@tampabay.com or (727) 869-6247.

Search on for person who tried to steal Pasco ATM with a forklift 10/08/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 7:48pm]
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