Police early Thursday morning nearly caught a white Toyota Tacoma that had been linked to an attempted burglary of an ATM at a west Wichita credit union about 26 hours earlier.
Now they’re hoping help from the public can help them nab the person responsible. It could solve a series of recent crimes targeting ATM machines.
An officer spotted the Tacoma, which had been identified using security video footage, at about 3:20 a.m. in the 1400 block of K-42. He tried to stop the pickup, but the driver sped off. An extended chase ensued, with the pickup at one point driving through a fence in the 1700 block of South Seneca.
“The chase was called off because the suspect was able to lose officers due to his erratic driving behavior,” Lt. Doug Nolte said.
The pursuit was terminated in the 4000 block of East Douglas, he said. The white crew cab Toyota Tacoma has a Kansas license plate of D435FF.
It likely has damage from going through the fence, Nolte said.
“We don’t know if it’s been abandoned or is still being driven,” he said.
It also may be stolen, he said.
Investigators think it’s connected to multiple ATM thefts, though that has not been confirmed yet. The truck was seen on security footage at the Meritrust Credit Union in the 13000 block of West Maple, where someone tried to pry open an ATM at about 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
ATMs were hauled off from the Marriott and The Cotillion in recent weeks, Nolte said, and someone tried unsuccessfully to pry open an ATM at a Legacy Bank branch not long ago.
“It’s concerning that we’ve got a run on ATMs,” Nolte said. “We’ve had attempts on ATMs before, but I don’t think we’ve had this many so close together before.”