Crime Stoppers: Thief steals ATM with forklift

Police say the suspect used an excavator at the construction site to access the ATM machine.
Published: Feb. 15, 2023 at 6:57 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 1, 2023 at 6:47 PM CST
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Bowling Green Police say on Feb. 1, 2023, they responded to an alarm and found that an ATM had been removed from a bank.

An unknown suspect is seen removing the ATM with a forklift and placing it in the back of a U-Haul. Police say the suspect used an excavator at the construction site to access the ATM.

The U-Haul turned out to be stolen. It and remnants of the ATM were recovered at a construction site in Bowling Green. Officers and detectives were able to locate surveillance video that shows the suspect was driving a Ford F-150. Police believe he has some familiarity with the area and is capable of operating multiple types of heavy equipment.

If you have any information about this or any crime, please call South Central Kentucky Crime Stoppers at 781-CLUE, click here to go to their website, or download their P3 Tips app for your mobile device.

Their telephone lines are not recorded and they don’t use caller ID. All they need is your information, and you could get up to $1,000 for your anonymous tip.


As if using a forklift to steal an entire ATM machine wasn’t bizarre enough, Bowling Green Police say it happened again at a different bank at 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday March 1, 2023.

Police are not saying these two thefts are related, but they do say the thief used equipment from the same construction site as in the first theft, and the method of operation was similar.

Remember, the number to call with any information is 270-781-CLUE (2583).

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