Bank cash machine ripped open, chains hooked to stolen truck; Vehicle found abandoned a short distance away Deputy Chief tell us

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AIRPORT DRIVE, Mo. — Dep. Chief Derek Walrod of the Jasper County Sheriff’s office tells us about 5:40 AM Thursday morning the outside ATM machine was broken into at Community Bank and Trust, 5570 N Main St., in Airport Drive.

He tells us they developed information that a red truck was involved and individuals using hook chains hooked to a pickup, ripped the machine open to gain access.

GOOGLE MAP WHERE BANK CASH MACHINE WAS BURGLARIZED, 5570 N. MAIN, AND THEN THE PICKUP AND CHAINS ABANDONED, JOPLIN AND WEST BLAND, AIRPORT DRIVE.

Witnesses tell us they saw debris scattered across the parking lot on the north side of the bank.

It was about an hour later a call for a suspicious vehicle, abandoned red truck in the roadway, not far away at Joplin Street and West Bland Ave, Airport Drive. Hanging off the back of the truck? Chains.

It’s not known how much, if any money was taken from the machine. They are reviewing security footage currently and employees from the bank are checking ATM withdrawal records.

The truck was stolen from a nearby resident. Authorities are investigating matching similar crimes that have occurred recently in neighboring states. That means more than two individuals would have been involved.

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