The Austin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the burglary of an ATM In Industry at Industry State Bank in the early morning hours of Oct. 20.
About 3 a.m. that Tuesday, at least three people broke into the ATM at the drive-thru at Industry State Bank. The burglars used a blue Ford F250 pickup to tear into the machine. The driver remained in the vehicle while two others hooked a chain to the ATM to rip it apart. All the suspects wore hoodies and gloves. The suspects stole the cash from the cash boxes in the machine.
Officers located the abandoned truck, which contained the cash boxes from the ATM, a couple blocks away behind Tegler Chevrolet.
The four-door Ford F250 was stolen from a Prairie View apartment complex earlier that morning.
Surveillance video shows a silver four-door SUV with dark rims traveling with the stolen truck. It appears the suspects drove from the scene on Hwy. 159 east towards Bellville.
Bank officials estimate the damage to the ATM to be over $50,000.
Sheriff Jack Brandes said this burglary is being investigated by the Austin County Sheriff’s Office. Investigator Charles Holmes collected evidence at the scene to be analyzed by the Department of Public Safety lab. Deputies are seeking videos from surveillance cameras at other homes and businesses to identify the blue Ford F250, the silver SUV, or any other vehicles used by the thieves.
Anyone with information concerning the burglary should call Austin County Crime Stoppers at 979-865-2949.