ORANGE COUNTY, FLA. (WSVN) – Three men in Central Florida were caught on surveillance video using a truck to break into an ATM, steal the money inside, and then drive away, authorities said.
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, 23-year-old Deontrae Walden, 22-year-old Carlos Reed, Jr. and 23-year-old Wendell Harp, Jr. potentially face multiple felony charges, including burglary of a structure, grand theft and criminal mischief.
In video of the alleged heist shared by investigators, a white pickup truck is seen backing up close to the ATM with what appears to be a rope tied to the back of it and to the cash machine.
Moments later, the truck pulled forward, and the ATM broke open. A person in a hoodie is seen running away carrying several packages.
Walden, Reed and Harp were identified as the men behind the brazen crime and arrested, deputies said.
The trio are suspected of similar crimes in other areas of Florida, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies apparently tracked the pickup truck and the suspect to Pine Hills, where deputies used “stop sticks” to blow the truck’s tires.
“At 4 o’clock, I heard a loud bang. Like a shake,” said a woman who lives in the area. “I just heard, ‘Get down on the ground, get down on the ground,’ and I just woke up, I saw a bunch of red and blue lights, and I saw guns pointing.”
The woman said there was a duffel bag with a lot of money suddenly in front of her house, as well as some of the bills scattered about.
“A little afraid, because my room is kind of close to the other side,” she said.
Deputies said more than $116,000 in cash was taken from the ATM.
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