SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN BURGLARY OF INDUSTRY STATE BANK ATM

  

The Austin County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on a recent ATM burglary in Industry.

(courtesy Austin Co. Sheriff's Office)

Tuesday, October 20th, at least three subjects broke into the ATM at the drive-thru of Industry State Bank at around 3 a.m.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, the suspects used a blue Ford F-250 pickup to tear into the machine.

The driver remained in the vehicle while two others hooked a chain to the ATM to rip it apart.  The suspects, who all wore hoodies and gloves, stole the cash from the cash boxes in the machine.  Bank officials estimate the damage to the ATM to be over $50,000.

Officers located the abandoned truck, which contained the cash boxes from the ATM, a couple of blocks away behind Tegeler Chevrolet.  The truck was determined to have been stolen from a Prairie View apartment complex earlier that morning.

Surveillance video shows a silver four-door SUV with dark rims traveling with the stolen truck.  The Sheriff’s Office reports the suspects appear to have driven from the scene on Highway 159 East towards Bellville.

This is the same ATM that was unsuccessfully burglarized twice earlier this year, once in May and again in August.

The burglary is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.  Investigator Charles Holmes collected evidence at the scene to be analyzed by a DPS lab.

Deputies are seeking videos from surveillance cameras at other homes and businesses to identify the truck, the SUV, or any other vehicles used by the suspects.

Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call Austin County Crime Stoppers at 979-865-2949.

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