Sparks fly from power saw in attempted ATM theft


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A pair of crooks tried to steal from a Wells Fargo ATM early Thursday morning in Northeast Portland.  

A Wells Fargo ATM was damaged when two suspects tried to break in using a chainsaw on October 18, 2018. (Courtesy of Deirdre Stone)

Deidre Stone and Ben Higginson happened to be in the parking lot near 122nd Avenue looking for a Wi-Fi signal when they saw the crime in progress. There were two men who had parked an old RV to block the view and appeared to be wearing welding gear to cover their faces.  

Stone filmed on her phone as they used a powe saw to try to get into the ATM. 

Stone and Higginson hid in the bushes and called 911. The thieves apparently spotted police and got away about 40 seconds before officers arrived. One of the suspects followed the RV on a motorcycle.

Police found the RV and a chainsaw ditched less than a mile away from the ATM crime scene. Officers said they were still hot to the touch.

The suspects are still at large and police ask anyone who recognizes them or knows anything to contact them at 503.823.3333.

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