Search continues for men who stole ATM from Chandler restaurantPosted: Updated:
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Police are searching for a pair of men who stole and ATM from Lucky Lou's American Grille in Chandler early Monday morning.
According to police, two masked men pulled up to the casual dining restaurant near Loop 101 and Ray Road at about 6 a.m.
The two men attached a chain to the door and used their pickup truck, a white Dodge, to yank them open.
According to Detective David Ramer of the Chandler Police Department, two witnesses heard the crash.
The two suspects, who were reportedly more than 6 feet tall and wearing dark clothing and ski masks, loaded the ATM from the restaurant into the back of their pickup and then sped off. Ramer said the pickup has an extended cab, a tool chest in the bed and a hitch on the back.
Right now that vehicle description is all police have to go on.
Detectives are trying to determine if Lucky Lou's has surveillance video.
Investigators are also trying to determine if a similar attempted "crash and grab" in Mesa this morning is related. That incident took place at a check-cashing store on Dobson Road near Main Street at about 5 a.m. In that case, the cable or chain used to pull open the door broke when it was attached to the ATM, police said. That ATM was bolted to the floor.
"It's probable that they are [related]," Ramer said. "The vehicle that was described in that one was also a white Dodge pickup. There are still things that we have to look at to connect them."
The own of Lucky Lou's said he's just grateful that nobody was hurt.
"This is why you carry insurance," Scott Campbell said. "It's devastating to the point that it's going to be a pain in my butt all day to deal. But nobody was hurt. ... That's all you really worry about. Everybody's fine. That's really all you care about."
Campbell said he plans to have the restaurant open for lunch and will even be offering a deal.
It's not yet known how much money was in the ATM.