Unsuccessful thieves try to steal what they thought was an ATM in Madison County

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MADISON COUNTY, Ind. (Jan. 20, 2016)- Foil, cardboard, and a not-so-friendly note are taped on what thieves thought was an ATM machine.

“I was a little upset that day so I put ‘don’t waste my time or yours’ because that’s all they’ve done is waste their time and mine,” said Vanessa Bishop, with Storage Now.

Early Monday morning around 3:30 a.m., surveillance cameras outside of Storage Now in Madison County caught the thieves’ unsuccessful attempt.   Footage shows a SUV pulling into the parking lot, circling around, then within seconds the vehicle backs into a spot right in front of the machine.

You can see the hatch of the SUV open.  Investigators believe the driver then attaches a chain to the back of the vehicle and to the kiosk.  The driver gives a few good pulls in an attempt to rip the machine off the building.  The pulls aren’t strong enough.  One of the two suspects gets out, takes a look and then takes off empty handed.

The kiosk may look like an ATM, but it’s not. The kiosk is used for an after-hours deposit.  It collects checks and takes electronic credit card payments.  It rarely has any cash in it and it never dispenses money.  So even if the suspects were successful, they’d be pretty disappointed.  There wasn’t a single dollar in the machine.

“I mean honestly, stupid would be the only word I could say,” said Bishop.

The repair bill could be up to $20,000 to fix the kiosk.

“There are a lot of ramifications that as a small little rural facility are going to suffer at the hand of this, all for them to get nothing, nothing at all,” said Bishop.

Bishop has seen what people will do for money, so she hopes a $500 reward with a bit of a twist will help someone do the right thing.

“We want to turn this into something good versus the bad that it is. If we can apprehend them we will also donate $250 to local food pantry in honor of the Good Samaritan that brings information forward to us,” said Bishop.

If you know anything you are asked to call the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at (765) 646-9290.