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Stealing an ATM is harder than it looks -- and it looks pretty damn hard

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What's most amazing about an attempt by the man seen here to steal an ATM in Boulder by ripping it from its moorings using a stolen U-Haul truck isn't that he thought the scheme might actually work. It's that he hasn't been caught yet. Maybe he's not as stupid as he seems.

On the other hand...

Look below for the Boulder Police Department's description of this brilliant crime, as well as more photos of a genius in action. There's a cash reward for information leading to his capture -- meaning the person who calls in a tip that breaks the case will make a lot more than he did. Which was nothing.

Police release photos from attempted ATM theft

Boulder police are releasing four photos of the suspect and vehicle in the attempted theft of an ATM machine that occurred at about 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, outside the Chase Bank, 6300 Gunpark Drive. Investigators have recovered the vehicle but are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating the suspect.

The incident was discovered when officers went to the bank to respond to an audible alarm. They found the ATM machine on its side, about 15 to 20 feet from where it had been positioned. Wires were sticking up from the ground and heavy chain was wrapped around the machine. No money had been removed from the machine.

Surveillance photos show a man tying the chain to the back of U-Haul. The U-Haul truck was recovered a short distance away, in the 6500 block of Gunpark Drive, on Wednesday afternoon. It had been reported stolen out of Boulder County.

Anyone with information about this incident or this suspect is asked to call Detective Tom Dowd at 303-441-3300. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous should contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted via the Crime Stoppers Web site at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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