There was an attempt to break into an ATM in Gatesville Wednesday morning.
The attempt occurred at the machine by the Texas First Bank close to the Bush’s Chicken location in Gatesville.
Gatesville ISD reported that schools are safe and secure and there was no lockdown.
Gatesville Police Chief Nathan Gohlke said that about 5:34 a.m. police were notified of a burglary in progress at the ATM in the 2500 block of South Business Highway 36.
A passerby called 911 after seeing a Ford F250 suspiciously parked in the parking lot and observing several people appearing to be breaking into the machine.
The passerby slowed his vehicle and turned around to get a better look, and seeing this, the suspects fled the scene on foot.
Officers from Gatesville PD, Texas Department of Public Safety and deputies with the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene but were unsuccessful in locating the suspects.
Chief Gohlke said it was found they were able to force open the front of the ATM, but were not able to access the safe that housed the money.
The vehicle that was left at the scene had the ignition damaged, indicating that it had been stolen.
After it was impounded, Gatesville Police received information that it had indeed been stolen from a hotel in Gatesville earlier in the night.
Investigators Wednesday were going through video from multiple businesses as well as examining other evidence in an attempt to identify the suspects.
Investigators also believe those involved may be linked to other ATM burglaries in the Central Texas area.
Anyone with information about the crime are asked to contact the Gatesville Police Department at 254-865-2226 or Cen-Tex Crime Stoppers at 254-865-8477.