WEST HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy News) - Bombs are now the method of choice for some thieves who rob automatic teller machines.
For years now, automatic teller machine thieves have been using a variety of methods to get money out of the cash dispensing machines. They almost always use extremely destructive methods, especially when they drive a truck through a store, hook up a chain and yank the ATM from its moorings in the concrete floor. Now, two Harris County thieves are using small bombs, or improvised explosive devices, to get at the money inside of ATMs.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a Wells Fargo Bank located at 8808 Spring Cypress Drive at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019.
"Deputies arrived before the suspects detonated the device," said a Sheriff's Office statement. "The device would later be determined to be an IED."
"Deputies quickly set up a perimeter around the scene. Members of the HCSO bomb squad deactivated the device and rendered it safe around 6:15 a.m.," the statement said.
Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office, Klein Fire Department, Cypress Creek EMS and Harris County Precinct 4 constables were also on scene.
Surveillance video shows two light-skinned men with their faces partially covered approach the ATM and remove its cover. They are then seen attaching the explosive device, and then driving away in a newer model BMW.
Anyone with information is urged to call the HCSO at 713-274-9100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspects in this case. Information may be submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app. All tipsters remain anonymous.