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Thieves use backhoe in ATM heist attempt

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POSTED September 1, 2014 6:41 p.m.

FRESNO  (AP) — A Fresno ATM machine is out of service after thieves tried to break it open using a stolen backhoe.

Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez says the suspect or suspects stole the mini backhoe from a construction site early Sunday morning, drove it through a canal and tried to tear open the ATM at a Fresno County Federal Credit Union. When that failed, they used the backhoe to go through the credit union’s wall and then tried to pry open the vault.

Gomez tells the Fresno Bee that, too, failed.

He estimated the damage to the building and backhoe at about $120,000.

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