POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA) -- Police say three suspects attempted a daring overnight ATM break-in in Potomac, and they used stolen construction equipment to do it.
Montgomery County Police responded to the Bank of America in the 10000 block of Falls Road just before 2:00 a.m. after being alerted by the bank's security monitoring company. Paul Starks, spokesman for the police department, says the responding units frightened the suspects who fled the scene before they could obtain any cash. However, their efforts did cause damage to the bank property.
According to Capt. Starks, investigators believe the suspects stole a pick-up truck, and later a back-hoe from a near-by construction site. The suspects used the heavy construction apparatus to pull the ATM from the front of the building, and likely also planned to use it to load the ATM onto the truck bed.
Right now the three suspects are still on the loose. Officials say one of the men wore a black jacket, black mask with eye-holes, and jeans. A second suspect was seen wearing a black sweatshirt with a white emblem on the front and blue jeans. The third suspect is simply described as wearing all black. All three men wore masks and gloves.
Detectives are asking anyone who has information to call the 2nd District Investigative Section at 301-657-0112. People can remain anonymous and call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). A cash reward of up to $10,000 is available for information provided that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this felony crime.
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