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UPDATE: Wells Fargo ATM destroyed by forklift in attempted robbery

A forklift was allegedly used in an attempt to break in to an ATM at the Wells Fargo bank in west Dickinson early Wednesday morning. (Submitted Photo)1 / 3
A forklift was allegedly used in an attempt to break in to an ATM at the Wells Fargo bank in west Dickinson early Wednesday morning. (Dustin Monke / The Dickinson Press)2 / 3
A forklift was allegedly used in an attempt to break in to an ATM at the Wells Fargo bank in west Dickinson early Wednesday morning. (Dustin Monke / The Dickinson Press)3 / 3

A forklift was allegedly driven nearly a mile from its construction site location and used in an attempt to rob an ATM at the Wells Fargo bank early Wednesday morning in west Dickinson.

The Dickinson Police Department is investigating the destruction of the ATM and the attempted theft of its contents after an alarm was triggered at about 12:14 a.m.

No money was stolen from the ATM in the incident and police have no suspects, Sgt. Dave Wallace said.

Police responded to the alarm and found that a forklift had been run into ATM on the south side of Wells Fargo’s location at 3071 West Ridge Dr.

Lisa Roers, the business manager of Roers West in Dickinson, said the Caterpillar forklift was taken from the new Prairie Winds Apartments location behind Tractor Supply Co. on the western side of the West Ridge development.

Police are estimating $2,000 in damage to the forklift. Roers said it has been to a shop for assessment of a broken hydraulic line.

She said the keys were not left in the forklift on Tuesday.

Roers said her company has been accessing its security cameras on the West Ridge Market Center across the street from Wells Fargo in an attempt to help police with their investigation.

Staci L. Schiller, a vice president and spokesperson for Wells Fargo, said in a statement that the bank’s top concern is safety and it is “thankful no one was harmed during this incident.”

Wallace said one vehicle was stopped in the area shortly after police arrived on scene Wednesday morning, but the driver was determined to be a Buffalo Wild Wings employee who had just closed the restaurant.

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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