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Thieves steal construction equipment in effort to steal ATM machine in Lee's Summit

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A local bank had quite the mess to clean up after an overnight robbery caused quite a bit of damage. 

Police were called about 2 a.m. Sunday to the Bank of the Midwest located at 100 SW Highway 150 on the report of an alarm at the automated teller machine. 

When officers arrived in the area, they observed a white Ford truck leaving the scene northbound on Highway 291.  Officers on scene attempted to deploy stop sticks in an attempt to disable the fleeing vehicle but their actions were not successful.

The truck fled the area north on Hwy. 291 with the headlights and taillights off and officers proceeded to the scene to check for damage and theft. 

The investigation of the scene at the bank revealed that the thieves had used a large forklift from an adjacent construction site in an attempt to rip the ATM machine from the base. 

MARCO Construction Company is working in the next lot on a new QuikTrip location. Tom Anderson, the MARCO Construction site supervisor, said the burglars cross the fencing at the construction site and managed to start a forklift. 

The forklift was used to smash down the barrier and remove the ATM box. Part of the forklift was broken in the process, resulting in at least $10,000 worth of damage. 

"I just feel that people, if they put this kind of effort into something legitimate, they'd be successful at what they did instead of resorting to stealing," Anderson said. "It's an unfortunate thing for the neighborhood."

Officers were able to locate the Ford truck a short time later in the area of Interstate 470 and Northeast Strother Road. The truck was crashed and abandoned. The truck had been stolen from a parking lot at a hotel in the northern part of Kansas City, police said.

After a search of that area with K9’s, police were unable to locate the suspects. 

Detectives are asking anyone with information on the attempted theft to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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