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Would-Be ATM Thief Bulldozes Through Walgreens

But in the process of plowing through walls, man buries ATM

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    Police say a man used a bulldozer to break into a Walgreens in Oak Cliff. But in the process, he also buried the ATM he was targeting in 500 pounds of debris.

    Dallas police said a man used a bulldozer to smash his way to a store's ATM -- but he also buried the machine in hundreds of pounds of debris.

    Police said a man used a bulldozer to plow through the wall of a Walgreens in Oak Cliff to get to an ATM early Tuesday morning.

    Detective William Prettyman said the man stole the bulldozer from a nearby construction site at about 4 a.m. and hit two cars on the way to the store. He then smashed into a wall six times, creating a 15-foot hole and knocking down thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, police said.

    But the would-be thief walked away empty-handed -- the ATM he had his eye on was covered with 500 pounds of debris.

    Dallas police say thieves are increasingly using large-scale construction equipment to steal ATMs. There have been six similar incidents in the past two months, Prettyman said.

    Surveillance photos from Talco Federal Credit Union show two people using a one-ton box van to knock an ATM off its base. But after knocking it over, they were not able to move the 3,000-pound ATM.

    "Two people can't pick those things up. You can't even move one," Prettyman said.

    Dallas police said anyne with information on the attemped burglaries should call Crimestoppers.