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Police: Thieves use truck to attempt to pull ATM from Nelson Road bank

Updated: Sep. 17, 2019 at 10:40 AM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - It's at least the fourth time in two months that criminals have stolen - or attempted to steal - an ATM in Southwest Louisiana.

This time it happened in Lake Charles in the early morning. Once again, brazen thieves tie up an ATM and try to take it with them.

It appears they didn’t get what they were after. While the thieves were able to get a chain around the ATM and pull it over they were unable to get away with it.

This time, it happened at Chase Bank at Sale and Nelson Roads. They were apparently forced to abandon the truck and flee. No word on if they got any money. Lake Charles Police are investigating.

July 13, someone hit a First Federal Bank in Westlake.

About August 9, an ATM is yanked from a JD Bank in Westlake. A stolen truck and forklift were used in the theft and the burned truck later discovered abandoned.

August 15, a stolen vehicle rips an ATM from the Love’s Truck Stop which was filled with people. Luckily no injuries.

Public reaction ranges from outrage to amazement at how brazen they are.

"I cannot believe somebody is that brave to actually go into a store while people are there, hook it up and try to get away with it. There is something wrong with these people, in the head, completely," said concerned citizen Mickey Conner.

He hopes those responsible are caught and severely punished.

"I hope they catch them, and they put them under the jail because they need to put them on the streets in their orange uniforms and let them pick up the trash and everything around here. Put them to work and show them how it is for a man to work for a living," said Conner.

Various law enforcement agencies continue their investigations, in their respective jurisdictions, to determine if the incidents are connected-- and whether they may be related to similar crimes in the Houston area. No word of any arrests.

We will have more information on this story as it develops.

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