Crimetracker: Bobcat used to break through walls, steal ATM

WHITE PINE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Terry McMurtury lives down the road from OmniSource, a metal recycling business. She says what happened there early Monday morning is bizarre.

"I just think it's just really incredible - we have a lot of strange things happen in this area," said McMurtury.

Jefferson County sheriff's deputies said someone stole a Bobcat parked at the business and drove it through a garage door, a metal gate and two interior walls to get to an ATM inside.

"That is a ridiculous way to come up with some money. But when somebody doesn't have anything, they're going to do whatever they can I'm thinking," said Wayne Owens.

Deputies said they used the Bobcat to haul the machine away, but they didn't get far.

Sheriff G.W. "Bud" McCoig said whoever was driving the Bobcat wrecked it on a guardrail at the intersection of Phillips and Carmichael Roads, causing the ATM to go down the embankment. That's when the theif - or theives - ran off.

"I think it's a stupid criminal story because a Bobcat isn't that fast. And I don't really see how they were going to get away that fast, and where they were going to go with it," said McMurtury.

There's no word on how fast the crook was driving, but deputies said the cash - all $59,000 of it - was still inside the ATM's safe when they found it. Unfortunately, the get-away Bobcat caused more than $40,000 of damage to OmniSource's doors and walls.

Deputies are still searching for the person - or people - responsible.

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