Farmington Police responded to an attempted ATM theft at the Animas Credit Union at 2101 E. 20th St. Sunday night.
Farmington Police responded to an attempted ATM theft at the Animas Credit Union at 2101 E. 20th St. Sunday night. (Courtesy of the Farmington Police Department)

FARMINGTON — Farmington Police are searching for leads in an attempted ATM robbery Sunday night.

An alarm was set off at the Animas Credit Union at 2101 E. 20th St. in Farmington around 9:40 p.m. after a drive-through ATM was ripped to the ground.

The machine was not removed from the bank's parking lot and no money was taken, said Farmington Police Lt. Taft Tracy. No suspects have been identified and police are working with Animas Credit Union personnel to review surveillance camera footage.

Police suspect that chains were attached to the machine and some kind of vehicle was used in the attempted robbery, Tracy said. Burnout marks were found near the machine.

"The ATM is heavy and they were unable to get it out of there," Tracy said. "There's a substantial amount of money in there."

The ATM was found face-up in the lower rear parking area, Tracy said.

Animas Credit Union CEO Gary Sterton said no one has ever attempted to steal an ATM at his institution before.

The robbery attempt will still bring a hefty price tag to the credit union although the would-be robbers were unable to take the heavy machine away or remove any of the money inside, Sterton said.

"It's unfortunate," he said. "To replace the machine, it will cost about $50,000. We'll be reviewing all of the camera footage."

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