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VIDEO: Gentilly ATM theft is second case in region this month

GENTILLY, Minn. -- The Polk County Sheriff's Department continues its investigation into the theft of an ATM at a bar here, the second such case in northwest Minnesota in the last two weeks.

Sign for the Snow Sled Inn Bar
Sign for the Snow Sled Inn Bar. Submitted photo.

GENTILLY, Minn. -- The Polk County Sheriff's Department continues its investigation into the theft of an ATM at a bar here, the second such case in northwest Minnesota in the last two weeks.

Deb Leach, the owner of the Snow Sled Inn Bar, arrived for work Wednesday morning to find the door open and a broken window believed to be the point of entry for the thief.

"The only thing I can think of is that they put a chain around it and snapped the bolts holding it to the floor, put it on a dolly and hauled it out," Leach said.

The first ATM theft was in the Eagles Club in Karlstad on Sept. 1.

The thieves in Gentilly also stole a laptop and the bar's surveillance equipment, leaving investigators with less to go on.

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Investigator Matt Hitchen with the Sheriff's Department said he's looking for tips from the public to solve this crime.

Ripping out an ATM is nothing new, he said. "If someone wants something really badly enough they are going to try and get it."

Leach, who did not own the ATM, said she is insured for damages and stolen goods, but has lost her sense of security.

Law enforcement asks those with tips on the Gentilly theft to call the sheriff at (877) 204-7505. Those with tip on the Karlstad theft can call the sheriff at (218) 843-3535.

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