Suspects try -- and fail -- to steal ATM out of Springs business

Published: Jul. 2, 2020 at 5:51 AM MDT
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An attempted ATM heist was one big fail for a couple of criminals Thursday morning.

Police say two people plowed a SUV through the front door of an electronic gaming store on the south end of the Springs in order to steal the ATM machine inside.

The suspects succeeded in leaving a gaping hole in the building, but didn't get much further. Police tell 11 News the suspects tried chaining the ATM itself to the SUV which apparently didn't work, as they ended up leaving both the SUV and the machine at the scene. Nothing else was taken.

The break-in happened around 4:25 a.m. The business is in a shopping strip at the corner of Tejon and Mill.

"We got information from the alarm company that there may be someone inside. So once our officers got here, they set up containment, and because we thought [someone] was inside, we had a K-9 unit come out to assist us with searching the building," said Sgt. Robin Wilson with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

At one point, officers surrounded the building with their guns drawn, shouting a warning to anyone hiding inside.

"Police K-9 unit. Anyone inside, surrender immediately or my dog will find you!"

Officers did not find anyone, and as of 6 a.m. did not have anyone in custody.

This remains a developing story and we will update as we learn more.

WATCH: Continuing police activity in downtown COS

“Police K9 unit. Anyone inside...surrender immediately or my dog will find you!" Reporter Kasia Kerridge - KKTV 11 News says it remains an active scene at this shopping strip at Tejon and Mill at the south end of downtown Colorado Springs after two suspects tried to steal an ATM from inside a gaming store. Police tell 11 News the suspects chained a Ford Bronco to the front door and ripped it off, then tried the same with the ATM. It apparently didn't work, because they left both the Ford and the ATM behind at the scene.

Posted by KKTV 11 News on Thursday, July 2, 2020

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