Foley Police – suspects steal van before trying to break into ATM

FOLEY, Ala. (WALA) – Foley Police are investigating two related crimes early Tuesday morning, August 30, 2022. First, investigators say a pickup truck was stolen from a local car dealership and then driven to a credit union where someone tried to break into the ATM. The van was left at the scene, but police have no suspects or witnesses.

Crime scene tape blocked from walkways and ATM at Alabama Credit Union on Laurel Avenue all day. The police try to find out who is responsible for the damage and the attempted theft of the ATM. A customer saw the damage around 7:00 a.m. and called the police.

Alabama Credit Union ATM damaged in attempted robbery(Hal Scheurich)

“When we arrived we noticed damage to the ATM,” Foley Police Lt. Glenn Hartenstein said. “We also noticed an abandoned white van that was left at the scene.”

This truck was recently traded to Coastal Auto on Hwy 59. The owner wouldn’t go on camera but said the truck must have been stolen overnight. He said whoever stole it apparently used a screwdriver or similar instrument to kick the truck, damaging the ignition. For the moment, the investigators do not have much to say.

“At this time, we are still trying to investigate the crime and obtain surveillance footage from the businesses,” Hartenstein said. “We are still actively looking for witnesses who may have seen the crime.”

Investigators have said the theft of the van is a felony and depending on what the investigation into the attempted theft of the ATM reveals, it could also be.

“We are trying to determine if anything has been taken from the ATM. We know there was damage, but we… we know it was at least an attempted theft, but we don’t have enough to comment on that yet,” explained Hartenstein.

Police believe the damage to the ATM was caused around 5 a.m. Until investigators can get their hands on surveillance video from the credit union or car dealership, they’re hoping someone may have seen the truck around Foley early Tuesday morning and can provide some information. . useful information.

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