CHEAT LAKE, W.Va. — West Virginia state police said a potential bank robber took a less-than-subtle approach Friday morning when he used a backhoe to rip out a drive-thru ATM.
Troopers responded to a burglar alarm at the Huntington Bank on Cheat Road just after 6:30 a.m. and found the ATM ripped out of the bank and the backhoe nearby.
Troopers believe the suspect went to an adjacent parking lot where the owner stores heavy machinery and found the backhoe with the keys inside. The suspect drove the backhoe over to the bank and used the boom to rip the ATM from the bank’s wall.
All of the suspect’s efforts were for naught. No money was taken from the ATM.
State police are still searching for the suspect.