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Thieves use stolen backhoe to steal ATM

It's a crime that's almost too far-fetched to believe. Someone stole a $90,000 piece of equipment from a construction site, somehow transported it several miles, and used it to steal an ATM. Frankfort Police say it's a crime that must have been well-planned.

"It was thought out enough to successfully remove the machine from the ground," says Major Fred Deaton of the Frankfort Police Department.

A Kentucky Employees Credit Union ATM used to sit in the parking lot of the Ash Building on Reilly Road, but Saturday night, it vanished. Frankfort Police say they were called in the early morning hours to investigate after someone reported hearing a commotion in the parking lot.

"We received the report of a theft of a Kentucky Employees Credit Union ATM machine," says Deaton.

Police say when they got to the scene, they found the ATM was gone. They also discovered an out-of-place piece of construction equipment.

"The perpetrators had previously stolen a Caterpillar backhoe and somehow got it to the Reilly Road scene and used that to remove the ATM machine," says Deaton.

That backhoe was valued at $90,000 and was stolen from a construction site near Versailles Road and 460. Workers there had no comment, except to say it was still in working order. Frankfort Police say they recovered the ATM along 127 in Monterey, KY but the money was gone.

Police say they haven't determined how much money was in the machine, but the ATM itself is valued at $30,000. KECU representatives say each ATM has a camera, but they haven't recovered the video yet.


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