ATM Heist In Cottonwood Heights

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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, UT (GOOD4UTAH) – “It happened overnight when no one was here, they drilled the lock…”

…one store employee tells Good4Utah news about the ATM heist at Holiday Oil. Cottonwood Heights Police tweeted out pictures early Sunday morning about the dramatic heist.

A Man drove a box van to the Holiday Oil, punched out the front door, hooked a tow strap over the ATM and pulled it out, police say.

This happened around 3:00 a.m. Saturday.  

“The event took maybe 4 to 5 minutes, it took a liitle bit of time for him to organize the straps and get everything arranged so he could pull it out.  Also, he had to break into the store and load up a pretty heavy piece of equipment,” said Sgt. Ryan Shosted with Conttonwood Heights Police.

The suspect appears to be a white male wearing a camo hat and a black bandana over his face and a dark jacket with some sort of logo on the left side.

“He looks like an older gentleman, a little bit larger in stature, possibly in his forties,” said Shosted.

The vehicle he used was a white box van with a logo on the side.

Late this afternoon, Cottonwood Heights Police recovered a damaged ATM in an area around Cottonwood Canyon, however they said it was not the ATM that had been stolen from the store this morning.  Cottonwood Heights PD said it was an ATM from a different robbery.

“We are aware there was a similar burglary theft in Salt Lake City area and we do believe those could be related.  We don’t have definitive evidence that it’s the same person although the timeline and the similarity in crimes would lead most people to believe that it’s the same person,” added Shosted.

ABC4 contacted UPD who said they did have reports of at least two attempted ATM thefts.

Whether these crimes are linked is still unknown at this moment.

The store Manager told ABC4 there was significant damage to the store at 2200 East Fort Union Blvd.  The front doors are now boarded up, but they are still open for business.  
 
The box van was recovered in West Jordan, according to police.  Shortly before 10:00 p.m. we received word that police had located the ATM that had been stolen for the gas station. 
If you have any details on this crime, you’re asked to contact police.

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