“We recovered the stolen ATM and the vehicle used in the theft about 2 p.m. Tuesday,” Lincoln Police Chief Travis McGrady said. “Both were recovered about 2-3 miles away from the bank.”
McGrady said the ATM was stolen from the First National Bank of Talladega Lincoln branch on U.S. 78 at about 4:40 a.m. Sunday. Thieves used a forklift stolen from the construction site of the new municipal complex located behind the bank to spear the ATM and load it into the back of a pickup truck. The forklift was sitting at the bank with its engine on when responding officers arrived.
“Both the truck and the ATM were found in the same location,” he said. “The ATM was removed from the truck, opened and the cash drawers removed.”
McGrady said the Dodge pickup truck used in the theft was reported stolen from Oxford Saturday.
“The recovered ATM, truck and other evidence gathered at the scene were removed for processing by the Lincoln Police Department,” he said.
Chad Jones, vice president of First National Bank of Talladega, said a new ATM for the Lincoln branch was ordered Wednesday morning.
“It will take about three weeks to get the new ATM,” he said. “We will be cleaning the site and repairing the damage over the next couple weeks, and expect to have the new ATM installed the second or third week in January.”
Jones said First National Bank of Talladega looks forward to assisting in the apprehension and prosecution of all parties involved.
“We are extremely pleased with the tireless efforts and dedication the Lincoln Police Department has shown in the recovery of the stolen property,” he said. “This event has caused an inconvenience to our customers and the city of Lincoln. While no one ever wants to be a victim of a crime, we are fortunate to have such a dedicated group of professionals tasked with protecting our community.”
McGrady said the Police Department and FBI are still investigating the crime both locally and also to see if there are similar crimes in other cities.
“We are following all leads and are not ruling anything out at this time,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Lincoln Police Department at 205-763-7777 and speak with investigations.
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