For the second time in a month, Frankfort Police are on the hunt for an ATM thief. This time it's a different bank, but the circumstances are nearly identical.
"Never seen ATMs stolen like this before!" says David Brown, Executive Vice President of Citizens Commerce National Bank.
Brown says Monday morning's ATM theft took him by surprise, but Frankfort Police are all too familiar with this kind of theft. They say around 5 this morning, they received a call from Citizens Commerce National Bank saying their ATM had been stolen.
The theft is similar to another ATM theft less than a month ago. This time, someone stole a backhoe from a nearby construction site, transported it to the bank parking lot, and tore the ATM from its foundation in the drive-thru. Kentucky State Police later recovered the ATM near the intersection of Peaks Mill and Rocky Branch Road. Brown says the crime goes to show how desperate thieves have gotten.
"Taking an ATM is essentially bank robbery. It's desperate times for some people," says Brown.
Back on June 18, Frankfort Police say three men used a stolen backhoe to tear an ATM out of the Ash Building parking lot. Those three were arrested and face theft charges. Major Fred Deaton says he hopes this doesn't become a trend.
"It's certainly something you don't want to see repeated. The perpetrators from that one were arrested, so you wouldn't think it would be that attractive. However, we have a very, very similar crime within just a few weeks," says Major Deaton.
Police haven't said how much was in the ATM, but they do say the ATM was severely burned when they found it, most likely in an attempt to break into it with a blowtorch. Officials won't say whether or not the thieves were able to open the machine.