Gig Harbor Police Investigating String of Burglaries After ATM Goes Missing

Police say thieves used a forklift from ProBuild to pry the ATM machine from Umpqua Bank.

Gig Harbor Police are currently investigating several burglary cases after an ATM machine was stolen from a local bank.

Around 5 a.m. on Nov. 24, Gig Harbor Police were dispatched to a silent alarm activation at Umpqua Bank on 56th Street.

Once police arrived on scene, they located an unoccupied yellow forklift running near the drive-thru ATM.

Authorities believe the unknown suspect(s) stole the forklift from ProBuild, located next to the bank, and used it to remove the machine from the cement island.

The gate's padlock to ProBuild's lumberyard had been cut with bolt cutters.  

Police said the thieves didn't use a key but instead jammed something into the ignition to start the forklift.

It is unknown how much money was in the ATM machine. The suspects did not enter the bank.

Police believe a truck that was stolen earlier that night was used as a possible get-away car for the ATM theft.

They said, an unknown suspect(s) cut through the side gate of Wilco and stole the company delivery truck, which was parked at the loading dock of the old Stroh's building.

They found shattered glass debris where the passenger side of the truck, a 2008 Ford F550 flatbed, would have been parked.

Police said the vehicle crossed the Tacoma Narrows Bridge twice on Nov. 24 using the Good-to-Go pass.

The case is still under investigation. If you have any information, contact Gig Harbor Police at 253-851-2236.


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