Perhaps police will start calling him the “Backhoe Bandit.”
Investigators in Prince George’s County said they’re looking for a man who stole a piece of construction equipment, drove it five miles to a bank and used the heavy machinery to pry an ATM from a drive-through.
County police released video of the attempted theft of the ATM, with the recording showing the arm of a backhoe slamming into the machine several times before it toppled over around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday.
Despite the brazen attempt and metal muscle, police said the man left without cash from the ATM. The machine was too difficult to crack open, police said.
“The video is pretty shocking,” said Lt. Dave Coleman, a spokesman for Prince George’s County police. “If he’s willing to go to these great lengths, it’s important to get him off the street as quickly as we can.”
The backhoe was driven to a bank in the 7500 block of Marlboro Pike and caused about $10,000 in damage, police said.
Coleman said the man who drove the backhoe is thought to be the same person responsible for an ATM theft in March 2016, when three men broke into a tobacco shop on Marlboro Pike.
Authorities ask anyone with information about this case to call 301-390-2160.
“He stole an ATM the first time and now he’s upgraded to a backhoe,” Coleman said. “We have a progression. Please help us get him off the street before he upgrades to a helicopter.”