UPDATE: Wells Fargo ATM destroyed by forklift in attempted robbery
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.