Caught on Camera: Forklift Used to Steal ATM From Odessa Credit Union

Caught on Camera: Forklift Used to Steal ATM From Odessa Credit Union

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - It's not uncommon to see a forklift in the Basin but police said that's what was used to pull off a burglary of an ATM. As crazy as it sounds, it really happened and it was all caught on camera.

It was a daring heist in the middle of the night.

Odessa Police said just before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, someone came to My Complex Community Federal Credit Union looking to get some cash from the ATM but not with a debit card.

Instead they used a forklift.

Surveillance cameras caught the unbelievable crime on video. Whoever's operating the forklift makes a clean grab of the ATM.

If you look closely, the machine barely misses some concrete pillars before it's dropped.

"Obviously the person who did it knew what they were doing," Cpl. Steve LeSueur, with Odessa Police, said.

With just a little maneuvering, the machine is back on the forklift and hauled away.

"The suspect or suspects made off with the ATM in a four-door truck," LeSueur said.

Surveillance shows a dark-colored truck making its getaway. Investigators are now going off every detail from the video. They're looking into nearby construction sites for possible leads. Officials said there's a good chance the forklift was stolen.

"We have had other incidents similar where thieves have stolen or attempted to break into coin operated machines," LeSueur said.

But they haven't seen anything quite like this burglary.

There's no word on how much money was taken. The FBI is now heading the investigation.

Officials released a description of the possible suspect vehicle. Police believe it's a dark-colored Ford F-150 with some running boards and it could possibly be a four-wheel drive. If you have any information about the burglary you're asked to call Odessa Crimestoppers at 432-333-TIPS or call Odessa Police.