LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Police say people trying to break into an ATM isn't unheard of, but actually pulling it off is pretty rare.
"We have many people who attempt to do it unsuccessfully. To see someone actually get the money is quite surprising," said Lexington Police spokesperson Sherelle Roberts.
Police say the crime happened sometime between 10:00 PM and 11:00 PM on Saturday night. They say someone broke in to an office building at St. Joseph Office Park, then pried their way into the Fifth Third Bank ATM. They say an ATM worker discovered the machine destroyed an hour or so later.
"At this point we don't have much to go on," said Roberts.
According to police records, the thief took more than $18,000 and that doesn't account for the damage to the ATM estimated at $30,000. Police say they haven't found any surveillance video that caught the crime and they need help.
"If you know someone who's come up with several thousand dollars and they can't account for it and you think if light be a little bit suspicious, that might be our suspect. give us a call. No matter how small the tip, no tip is too small especially when we have as little information as we do, we find that help from the public is invaluable," said Roberts.
Police say they want anyone who was in the area late Saturday night and saw something suspicious to give them a call.