ATM stolen from UND on Sunday
An ATM was stolen Sunday night from the first floor of UND's Twamley Hall, officials said Friday. There was no evidence that the building had been broken into, even though the ATM was removed outside normal business hours, said FBI Special Agent ...
An ATM was stolen Sunday night from the first floor of UND's Twamley Hall, officials said Friday.
There was no evidence that the building had been broken into, even though the ATM was removed outside normal business hours, said FBI Special Agent Paul McCabe, a communications officer in the bureau's Minneapolis office.
The ATM was owned by Bremer Bank, McCabe said, and was located in an alcove near the mailroom on the building's first floor.
Twamley Hall is UND's main administrative building, housing the office of President Charles Kupchella, vice presidents and most administrative services.
UND spokesman Peter Johnson said he does not know who first reported the theft to police or whether the theft was immediately noticed Monday morning. UND didn't notify the public of the theft earlier this week because it did not occur to them to do so, and because the school does not own the ATM, Johnson said.
UND Police immediately turned the investigation over to the Grand Forks branch of the Minneapolis FBI office because ATM money is insured by the federal government, UND Police Capt. Wayne Onger said.
Link with other thefts?It's too early in the investigation to know whether this ATM theft is linked with a series of ATM thefts in March and April, McCabe said.
Those thefts, which remain unsolved, included "smash and grab" ATM thefts from the Cenex station in Drayton, N.D., another Cenex station in Minto, N.D., and the Gateway Drive Simonson's store in Grand Forks.
All robberies involved stolen vehicles, and some of the ATMs later were found with the money missing.
On Feb. 23, a man riding a snowmobile broke into the Cenex store in Fisher, Minn., and tried to break into the ATM but failed.
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