WOLSEY — Law enforcement authorities are asking the public for help in finding those responsible for an attempted burglary to an automated teller machine in the lobby area of the American Bank & Trust in Wolsey.
Two male subjects made the attempt during the overnight hours last Thursday, Beadle County Sheriff Doug Solem said.
He said the individuals went to the location three separate times: first between 10:36 p.m. and 11:17 p.m., then again between 11:42 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. The last time they returned was between 12:10 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. on Friday.
The first attempt to force entry was utilized by hand tools. The duo then resorted to the use of two straps hooked to a vehicle to try to gain access, Solem said.
The inner cash box area of the ATM was not breached and only significant damage to the ATM was sustained.
Witnesses reported seeing a white passenger car, possible a Buick, with 35, 36 or 3E license plates parked in the area.
The tow strap was left behind and collected as evidence.
Any agencies with similar incidents or individuals who may have seen something are asked to contact the Beadle County Sheriff’s Office, 353-8424 or Special Agent Brandon Neitzert with the state Division of Criminal Investigation, 277-6060.