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story.lead_photo.caption Bentonville police released this photo taken from security vidow of the automated teller machine being taken from the First National Bank of Bentonville early Friday morning. (Courtesy Photo/Bentonville Police Department)

BENTONVILLE -- Police are investigating the Friday theft of a bank automated teller machine.

Bentonville Police Department officers responded to an ATM alarm at about 4:20 a.m. at First National Bank at 300 S.E. Walton Blvd., according to a department news release.

The theft of the entire ATM was discovered at about 7:20 a.m., according to the release.

A telescopic forklift stolen from a nearby construction site was used to break loose and remove the ATM, the release said.

Video footage from the bank and surrounding businesses showed the ATM being loaded into a large dump truck by an unknown number of suspects who fled the scene, according to the release.

Police found the dump truck and the stolen ATM about 9 a.m. at a construction site in Rogers a few miles from the bank, the release said.

The Rogers Police Department and the local FBI field office are assisting in the investigation, according to the release.

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of suspects related to this investigation, the release said.

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Anyone with information about this crime can contact the Bentonville Police Department’s non-emergency phone number at (479) 271-3170.

The personal information of callers can remain confidential.

Source: Bentonville Police Department


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