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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Some enterprising thieves used a piece of construction equipment to steal an ATM from a bank drive-thru in Hialeah.

The ATM was sitting in the most outer drive-thru lane at a Bank of America branch at 1001 E 9th Street. Around 3 a.m., machine was literally ripped from its foundation by a forklift, causing substantial damage to a support for the overhang.

When police arrived the engine of the forlift was still running, it has been ‘hot wired’.

Using a tracking device in the machine, police were able to get a general location of where it was located.

They quickly set up a perimeter around an area centered at SE 10th Avenue and 5th Street.

The ATM was recovered, police say there was no loss of any money.

Police have confirmed that the forklift was taken from a McDonald’s across the street the bank, the restaurant is currently undergoing renovations. The restaurant’s surveillance cameras were not in operation at the time because of the construction.


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