Clarke County

Thieves used stolen truck to rip ATM open, steal $100K in Athens, police say

CLARKE COUNTY, Ga. — Athens-Clarke police are searching for two men accused of using a stolen truck to steal $100,000 from a bank’s ATM.

The theft happened around 2 a.m. Friday at the Georgia Federal Credit Union off Gaines School Road in Athens.

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After the alarm went off, police arrived and found the ATM located in the drive-thru smashed open. The machine was missing four of its cash drawers.

The bank told police there was at least $100,000 in the ATM. The value of the destroyed machine is estimated to be $150,000.


Officers who responded found muddy tire tracks and shoe prints around the ATM. The bank’s security cameras captured the men using a gray Dodge Ram truck to rip open the machine.

The truck was found abandoned across the street on Maison Drive with both of its doors open and a chain used in the theft hanging from the back.

Police say they believe the two thieves left the scene in a light color sedan. The owner of the truck was contacted and said he reported it stolen the night before.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Athens-Clarke Police.

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