Thieves made off with an ATM Wednesday morning after ripping it from a building and using a stolen forklift to load it onto a trailer in Tonto Basin.
A National Bank automated teller machine was taken from the Tonto Basin Marketplace overnight Tuesday between 11 p.m. and 1:30 a.m., said Gila County Sheriff’s Det. George Ratliff.
Authorities believe two thieves used a stolen trailer from Mesa to haul a stolen forklift up to the store, pull the ATM from the building and load the machine onto the trailer with the forklift.
“We have a photo of a truck attached with a trailer, with a forklift in it,” he said. “We don’t know where the forklift was stolen from.”
The forklift was deserted at the store and the trailer was found less than a mile away in the forest, Ratliff said.
Ratliff said they have no suspects at this time, but they do have surveillance video of the people.
Resident John Dryer, who stopped at the marketplace around 7 a.m. to buy sweet rolls, said the scene was quite a sight to see.
“This is the first time we have had high crime in the area,” Dryer said.