Cash was stolen from the ATM at Mauriceville First Financial Bank early Friday by thieves who used a stolen pickup truck to pull the facing off the machine.
Orange County Sheriff’s Investigator Janois Grizzaffi said the truck has been recovered. The 2004 Ford F250 pickup was a construction work truck and was stolen from Mayhaw Street in Mauriceville. It was reported stolen Friday morning.
Grizzaffi said the break-in at the ATM was about 3 a.m. Investigators are reviewing the bank’s surveillance recordings, plus video recordings from businesses nearby.
She said the sheriff’s office has notified the FBI of the theft.
In November, Orange night patrol officers discovered an ATM at First State Bank off Interstate 10 had been pulled off its concrete slab, but no money was missing. Later that day, law officers in Sulphur and Lake Charles arrested 11 people from Houston in connection with ATM thefts in several cities. They had been using stolen trucks.