Summit County: ATM bandit cashes in
A rash of attempted ATM burglaries that began in the spring picked up again this week, with a criminal cashing in Thursday afternoon. An ATM inside Adventure Sports in Keystone was robbed of $1,200 sometime before Thursday afternoon, on the heels of another attempted ATM break-in at the Keystone Conference Center early Wednesday morning. The break-ins are the first in several months after a suspect or suspects made several attempts to rob machines in the Keystone and Copper Mountain areas in April and May. It is likely, but not certain, the break-ins are all the work of the same suspect, Summit County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tracy LeClair said Thursday. Authorities don’t have a “good” suspect yet, according to LeClair, but are looking to speak to a suspect in one of the previous break-ins. It is unclear whether the man still lives in the county, as deputies have not been able to reach him at his previously known residences. A Keystone security guard spotted the culprit of at least one break-in at approximately 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning as he attempted to gain access to the cash box at the Keystone Conference Center’s ATM. It was the first break-in attempt in months, and it appeared the burglar also tried to get into the conference center with a drill. When spotted, he fled, according to the witness. The ATM robberies began last spring, with a first attempt on the ATM at the conference center April 12. The incident was followed by another attempted break-in on an ATM at the Union Creek Building at Copper Mountain April 15 and a third at an ATM at the Goat Soup & Whiskey Tavern in Keystone April 21. On May 30, there was another attempted burglary at an ATM at the Kickapoo Tavern in Keystone. In several of the cases, the burglar caused heavy damage to the ATM as he or she tried to get to the cash box. Of the six attempted break-ins, Thursday’s is the only one authorities confirmed the culprit got away with cash. Several ATMs in Eagle County owned by the same vendor were also broken into in April.The Keystone employee who saw the suspect described him as a male about 6 feet tall wearing all black and carrying a duffle bag. Anyone with information regarding the burglaries is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Wes Mumford at (970) 423-8908 or WesM@co.summit.co.us. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-866-453-STOP. Crime Stoppers offers up to a $1,000 reward for information that helps solve a crime.
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