Truck recovered, suspect still sought for attempted ATM theft

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office has recovered a Ford F150 truck believed to have been used by a suspect who attempted to steal an ATM with a forklift on Wednesday. 

On Thursday night at around 7:15, a citizen reported an unoccupied suspicious vehicle in the area of Cozza and Nevada. The caller reported the truck looked like the one in surveillance photos released from the attempted theft. 

An SPD officer located the vehicle and learned that it had been stolen on October 16 during a commercial burglary at a business in West Spokane County. 

The vehicle was seized as evidence and will be processed by the Spokane County Forensic Unit.

On Wednesday morning at 3:20 a.m., security camera show the suspect arrive at the Wandemere Car Wash Plaza. The suspect drives away on a forklift, stolen from the carwash at 3:40 a.m.

A short while later a witness reported hearing screeching tire noises from the area of Banner Bank located at 506 E. Hastings. The witness observed a white pickup hooked up to the ATM machine by chains, attempting to pull it. There was a forklift parked near the ATM and the witness assumed it was construction workers working on the machine until he observed the suspect's behavior. The suspect also tried to lift the machine with the forklift but was unsuccessful. 

The damage to the ATm was a total loss and the surrounding structure damage is estimated at $40,000. At this time it doesn't appear the suspect gained access to funds secured in the ATM. 

The suspect is described as an adult male, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a green construction type reflective vest.