Durham, N.C. — A third ATM theft happened in the Triangle this week, and police say that thieves used an excavator from a nearby construction site to crack the ATM open.
Security camera shows that a Wells Fargo ATM on Park Drive in the Research Triangle was hit by an excavator on Thursday.
Money went flying into the air and landed all over the construction site, video shows. Crews told WRAL News they found cash on the construction site on Friday.
“We were coming up the path … there was money everywhere and they told us to go back,” said Tyler Livengood, who works at the job site.
The same Wells Fargo bank on Park Drive was targeted by thieves three weeks ago, officials said.
Police say the video of the excavator shows none of the people involved in the crime.
The Caterpillar construction vehicle can be unlocked using a universal key, police said. If someone has a key to one Caterpillar vehicle, they are able to unlock all others.
Last weekend, two additional ATM thefts were reported, both targeting Coastal Credit Union. A third machine on Page Road in Durham was hit back in June, according to Coastal Credit Union spokesperson Joe Meccah.
The method used to break open these ATMs appears to be the same: Thieves are using stolen vehicles and driving them into the ATMs, officials said.
Meccah says that he’s heard of similar crimes happening in South Carolina and Texas.
“The thing we know is common so far is that it is happening in this market and other states as well, and the commonality seems to be they are using stolen trucks,” he said.
There are cameras surrounding the banks and also on the ATMs. The bank’s video has been turned over to police, but so far, no arrests have been made.