Police say suspects in morning chase part of ATM theft ring


POSEY CO, Ind (WEHT) – Police have called off a manhunt for suspects involved in an ATM theft and a pursuit that happened on Tuesday morning.

Evansville Police were dispatched to Regions Bank on Tuesday for a burglary alarm around 3:15 a.m. The arriving officer noticed that the ATM machine was damaged, however the contents of the ATM were still intact. Multiple witnesses provided officers with information on a possible suspect vehicle. An officer spotted a suspected vehicle near the intersection of Burkhardt and the Lloyd Expressway.

“Whenever she spotted this vehicle, she described it as having very, very dark tint and no license plate, so she decided to try to make a traffic stop on the vehicle,” said Ofc. Taylor Merriss of the Evansville Police Dept.

The vehicle failed to stop, and a pursuit led into Posey County. Police say the vehicle wrecked and suspects in the vehicle fled on foot.

“A state patrolman stopped me and said, ‘Hey, don’t pick up anybody. Keep your eyes out for anything suspicious,” said Brian Weber, who lives near where authorities were searching. He also says he was warned by a state trooper to be careful as he was heading home as the search intensified.

“Came back home, we heard the helicopters and planes flying over,” he recalled.

Police say they believe the suspects are involved in an organized ring targeting ATMs in the Midwest.

“It’s my understanding that the modus operandi is very close to other cases that are involved with ATM thefts in the midwest,” said Posey Co. Sheriff Tom Latham.

Police say they have been working closely with the FBI on these cases.

Police are asking any ride share drivers who may have picked up three males in the area to contact EPD at 812-436-7979.

(This story was originally published on November 16, 2021)

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