Special Feature- ATM Theft
On 10/18/18, at approximately 0233 hrs., a forklift was stolen from a construction site south of Weller Ave./Bradford Pkwy. It was driven to Simmons Bank, 1414 E. Primrose St., where it was used to remove the drive-thru ATM. The ATM was placed into the bed of a dump truck that had arrived on the Simmons Bank parking lot just before midnight in preparation for the theft. The forklift was then abandoned on the bank parking lot and the dump truck was driven away with the ATM inside.
On 10/21/18, the Ozark, Mo. Police Department located and recovered the stolen ATM at a construction site just south of the city limits of Springfield, along Hwy. 65. It was determined that the dump truck utilized during the Springfield ATM theft, had been previously stolen from the site in Ozark, driven to Springfield to remove the ATM, then returned to the same construction site where it was originally stolen from. An excavator at the site was used to break open the machine. An undisclosed amount of currency was removed from within.
Springfield police are actively investigating (SPD #18-41839). If you have any information about these crimes, and would like to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.p3tips.com.
Note: Ozark, Mo. P.D. is also actively investigating the related crimes in their jurisdiction- case #18-13704.