Can You Help Identify this Theft Suspect Who Attempted to Open an ATM Machine with a Stolen Forklift?
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Task Force (ITF) would like your help identifying this theft suspect or locating his truck.
On October 25, 2017, at approximately 3:20 a.m. (camera time) security cameras show the suspect arrive at the Wandermere Car Wash Plaza located at 12104 N. Division St. in what appears to be a white Ford pickup. The suspect drives away on a forklift, stolen form the car wash, at approximately 3:40 a.m.
A short time later a witness, approximately 200 yards away for Banner Bank located 506 E. Hastings, reported hearing screeching tire noises from the area of the bank. He looked over and observed a white pickup hooked up to an ATM machine by chains, attempting to pull it. There was a forklift parked near the ATM and assumed it was a construction workers working on the machine until he observed the suspect get out of the truck, got into the forklift and ram the ATM machine several times. The suspect also tried to pick the ATM machine up with the forklift but was unsuccessful. The witness began to drive toward the suspect but the suspect got in the white pickup and drove away.
The damage to the ATM, a total loss, and surrounding structure is estimated to be approximately $40,000. It does not appear the suspect gained access to the funds secured in the ATM and did nothing more than cause an extensive amount of damage despite his extreme plan.
The suspect was described as an adult male, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a green construction type reflective vest.
The pickup is described as a white, possibly Ford F150 with a black driver’s door and a gray passenger door.
Although the picture of the suspect is not of the highest quality, the description of the truck is unique. Investigators are hoping someone can help identify the suspect and/or provide a location or license plate for the vehicle.
Anyone who has information regarding this crime or can help locate the suspect or his vehicle is urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233, reference #10143477.