Police in two different cities are searching for ATM bandits Tuesday evening.
The thieves are caught on tape trying to break into cash machines in White House and Goodlettsville with quite unusual tactics: an ax and a stolen Bobcat utility machine.
It started around 2:30 Friday morning in White House when surveillance shows a flash light appearing in the darkness outside of Farmer’s Bank on Highway 31 West.
Suddenly, three masked bandits appear in the parking lot, one wearing a discount tire shirt and another a hooded sweatshirt with a mustang racing logo.
The video shows the men take turns whacking the cash machine with an ax before one tries to pry it open with a crowbar.
When it proves unsuccessful, the men resort the ax again.
The suspects ultimately fled without cash but left behind a mess of broken ATM parts.
Twenty four hours later, the same bandits strike again in Goodlettsville, this time at Renasant Bank on Long Hollow Pike, just a block away from the police department.
This time, the thieves used a stolen Bobcat to try and lift the ATM over a barrier.
Apparently the ATM was too heavy because the Bobcat tips over with its front forks wedged into the cash machine.
Again, the suspects flee with money.
In total, the men have stolen the Bobcat, a trailer and a red pickup truck from the Natchez Stone Company near Highway 100 in Bellevue, some 50 miles from the Farmer’s Bank in White House.
The Bobcat was left at the bank. The stolen trailer was recovered nearby. The red Dodge pickup truck is still missing.
Anyone with information is urged to contact White House police at 615-672-4903 or the Goodlettsville Crime Tip Line at 615-851-2259.