An ATM that was ripped from the lobby of the Marin Airporter building in San Rafael early Monday was later found in Richmond, but the thieves who used an SUV to tug the cash machine out remain on the loose, police said.
Police have released video footage of the heist in hopes that members of the public will be able to identify the suspects who caused major damage to the main entry of the Marin Airporter building at 1081 Andersen Dr.
San Rafael police responded to a commercial burglary alarm at the location at 2:22 a.m. and came upon the damage.
“A large pedestrian ramp and metal stairs were ripped away from the building and the main entry doors were damaged,” police said. “There was additional damage to furniture in the lobby. The independently owned and operated ATM was missing from the lobby area.”
Surveillance video showed a newer model white SUV enter the parking lot and back up to the front of the building. A passenger wearing a tan hooded sweatshirt and blue latex gloves exited the car and forced entry into the building. The suspect attached a rope or cable to the ATM, then ran back out to the awaiting vehicle.
“The suspect vehicle drove forward and forcibly pulled the ATM from the building,” police said. “The vehicle then backed up to the ATM machine and at least one of the suspects loaded the machine into the back of the suspect vehicle.”
The ATM was recovered at 11:30 a.m. Monday at a Richmond location that was not immediately known. The amount stolen from the ATM and value of the structural damage are not known at this time, police said.
Police believe a suspicious vehicle spotted at 1221 Andersen Dr. just before 6 p.m. on Sunday may have been the same SUV. In that incident, two male suspects in a white Lexus SUV entered the lot and were seen tampering with a trailer. They fled the area in the vehicle without the trailer. One of the suspects was described as wearing a tan hoodie.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call San Rafael Police at (415) 485-3000. Tips can also be made online at http://www.srpd.org/tips.