Thursday, January 12, 2006

Front-end loader used in bank break-in

Staff Writer

A burglary of the First State Bank branch office at Mt. Pleasant sometime after midnight on Tuesday, Jan. 10, is under investigation by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department with the FBI assisting, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.

When deputies responded to an alarm call to the bank the suspect(s) had fled the scene, he said.

“We have no reason to believe at this time any money was taken,” Dickerson said shortly after noon Tuesday while investigators continued searching the area. “They are still doing inventory, but do not believe anything was taken.”

Dickerson said the burglar(s) had hot-wired a front-end loader at the Pallet Source factory about one-quarter mile from the bank, driven it through the fence at the factory and down the hill to the bank, where the equipment was used to break through the wall at the ATM.

The break-in triggered the bank’s alarm system and officers responded finding the ATM partially outside the building, Dickerson said.

Estimated damages to the bank included from $15,000 to $20,000 in destruction of the ATM and about that much more in wall and structural damage, Dickerson said.

The bank was open Tuesday morning for business while a Southern Commercial of Holly Springs construction crew boarded up the broken wall and removed debris.

Bank managers declined an offer to comment about the incident.

The First State Bank Branch at Mt. Pleasant is located on Taska Road near Highway 72.

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