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Police seek suspect in ATM thefts in Salt Lake valley

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Posted at 6:11 PM, Mar 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-20 23:55:48-04

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah - Police continue to look for the suspect or suspects responsible for stealing multiple ATMs in the Salt Lake valley.

"The hat is unique, and the clothes are unique, and we're just hoping somebody recognizes something," said Sergeant Scott Ricks with the Cottonwood Heights Police Department.

Sergeant Ricks said the most recent theft happened at a Holiday gas station off Fort Union Boulevard early Sunday morning.

"It looks like he broke in, tied a strap around the ATM, and then strapped it to the back of a box truck," Sgt. Ricks added.

Surveillance footage shows a man in a blue jacket get in and out of the store within a matter of minutes.

"It was so quick," said Brady Anderson, a former gas station attendant who saw the video. "...All you'd have to do is open the door and the ATM is right there. It was bolted to the ground. So, whoever took it, knew what they were doing."

Police say the box truck used in Saturday's robbery was recovered by police, and an ATM was also recovered on the side of the road by UHP. However, that ATM came from a heist three weeks ago.

"There's a good possibility the two are connected," Sergeant Ricks noted.

Later Sunday night, police tweeted another photo and stated they had recovered the second ATM.