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Troopers On Lookout for Suspects in ATM Theft

Published On: Dec 26 2013 03:35:00 PM AKST

The theft of an ATM from a Palmer restaurant has Alaska State Troopers on the lookout for at least two suspects.

Trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen says sometime late Friday night or early Saturday morning, an automatic teller machine was stolen from RW’s Hamburger House near Mile 2 of the Palmer-Wasilla Highway.

“It’s a couple hundred pounds. It’s a pretty heavy machine,” Ipsen says. “It makes sense it’s at least more than one person just because of the weight.”

Ipsen says the burglars broke in through the restaurant’s back door and dragged the ATM through the restaurant. “Basically it was a forced entry,” Ipsen says. The suspects could face charges related to both burglary and theft.

“It’s an older machine. The machine itself is worth between $500 to $800,” says Judge Chapman, an employee at the restaurant. Chapman says the ATM is owned by a “friend of the owners” and not by a local bank.

Chapman says it’s not the first time businesses in the area have seen theft. He says a nearby coin store was burglarized in May.

Ipsen says Troopers are still collecting evidence and reaching out to the public for help. She says anyone with information can contact Troopers at 907-745-2131, or Crime Stoppers at 907-745-3333. Anonymous tips can be made at the Mat-Su CrimeStoppers website.