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APD recovers stolen U-Haul believed to be connected to local ATM burglary

Sierra Rains
srains@ardmoreite.com
Ardmore police are searching for a suspect believed to have stolen a fork lift March 20 and destroyed a local ATM, taking around $100,000 in cash.

The Ardmore Police Department recovered a stolen U-Haul Wednesday believed to have been used in a recent ATM burglary investigation.

APD Sgt. Larry Payne said officers located the stolen U-Haul at around 2:50 p.m. March 25 in the 1900 block of Knox Rd. The suspect is believed to have used the vehicle during the incident, which occurred on March 20.

Payne said officers suspect the individual was planning to use the U-Haul to take the ATM away but was unable to fully remove the ATM from the location at the 2500 block of N. Commerce.

The suspect allegedly stole a forklift from a nearby construction site and used it to ram the ATM in order to remove the funds from the device. An estimated $100,000 in cash was stolen from the ATM.

The Ardmore Police Department is working in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to identify the suspect in the case.

Payne said APD is currently in the process of obtaining forensic evidence from the U-Haul that could potentially lead to the suspect.

The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact the Ardmore Police Department at 580-223-1212.