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Police search for crafty ATM crooks

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Surveillance still shows the subjects wheeling the ATM down a hallway. Surveillance still shows the subjects wheeling the ATM down a hallway.
Security video shows the alleged thieves outside the hotel. Security video shows the alleged thieves outside the hotel.

DANIA BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Authorities are looking for two men caught on camera using a dolly to remove an ATM machine from a South Florida hotel.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, the theft took place Monday at the SpringHill Suites at 151 S.W. 18th Court in Dania Beach. "This was 2 o'clock in the afternoon, and they walked right into the hotel. They had a dolly, and they loaded it up," said BSO spokesperson Dani Moschella. "Apparently, this is easier than just stealing cash from someone's purse. Sometimes you have to take the whole ATM."

Cameras rolled as the perpetrators are first seen scoping out the back of the hotel, looking in the Dumpster for something large enough to hide a big, blue ATM. They finally decide on a cut-up rug or insulation material. "It's unclear exactly how they moved it," said Moschella. "Possibly the bolts were cut previously, but the bolts holding the ATM to the ground had been cut, the telephone lines had been cut. We don't know exactly how they did it. If they did it right then at the time of the theft or sometime before that."

Surveillance video shows the duo walking in through a back entrance, loading up the concealed cash-dispensing machine and then wheeling it down a hotel hallway. Officials said the theft took only a few minutes. "Apparently, they rose no suspicion, as they looked like they were supposed to be there doing what they were supposed to be doing," said Moschella. "Unfortunately, now the hotel and the ATM owner are out of that ATM, which was filled with thousands of dollars."

The owner of the ATM told BSO detectives the machine had approximately $5,000 inside it.

Investigators believe the same subjects also targeted the Hilton off of Southeast 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale, on April 25.

The crisp security footage shows the subjects' faces clearly, and authorities hope someone will recognize them. "We're asking viewers to take a close look at this video," said Moschella. "Obviously, these men have done this before. They're very calm. It's easy to see their faces. If you recognize them, please call Crime Stoppers."

If you have any information on either of these hotel ATM thefts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.

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