Stolen truck left behind after attempt to steal ATM from Paso bank

Thieves attempted to steal an ATM from a Paso Robles bank early Sunday morning, but left with nothing - including a stolen truck used during the crime.

An alarm from one of the automated teller machines at Heritage Oaks Bank in the 400 block of South River Road sounded at 7:06 a.m. Sunday, according to Paso Robles police.

Officers arrived and found that unknown suspects had tied a cable from the truck to a machine in the drive-through area, and tried to pull it out. The ATM was successfully removed from its moorings, but landed a short distance away, face-down on the pavement.

The truck used by the suspects was left at the scene. Officers determined that it had been stolen from Long Beach.

No money was taken during the attempted burglary, according to police, but damage to the machine and its moorings was extensive.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 237-6464 or Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP. Information can also be sent by texting “slotips” and your message to CRIMES (274637).

-Larissa Doust