A persistent thief in Montana, and disappeared with a hotel of the ATM machine.
Manager of a hotel in Montana is under the impression ─ and probably a little irritated ─ by a resourceful thief who managed to drag an entire ATM from the building without arousing suspicion.
“He was able to physically, after he got it free of the bolt, just drag it out the door,” said Gail Linnel, the general manager of the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Billings, Mont., reports KULR-TV.
“It’s kind of amazing, those things are heavy,” she added.
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According to the surveillance footage, the thief went to the La Quinta Inn at approximately 3:00 pm on Saturday afternoon for taking a roundabout route to the ATM on the other side of the building. Then, without use of special tools to speak of, he worked to free the bolted-down machine from the ground for the next four hours.
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The thief was finally able to go into hiding with the ATM a little before 7:30, but Linnel says that she is not notified until at least a half-hour later.
“We didn’t hear power tools, of course, or we would have been alerted,” she told KULR.
The owner of the ATM is also noted that the stolen machine weighed somewhere between 200 and 300 pounds.
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The police has not yet arrested, although they say that they were able to identify the suspect from the surveillance images. A spokesman of the Billings-the police has refused to release the amount of money in the hotel ATM, the Associated Press reports.