Strong winds blow cash out of open ATM in Michigan City

2012-10-18T11:32:00Z 2012-10-19T10:00:05Z Strong winds blow cash out of open ATM in Michigan CityStan Maddux Times Correspondent
October 18, 2012 11:32 am  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | Several hundred dollars were still missing Thursday from an ATM in Michigan City that had some of its cash blow out from strong wind gusts.

According to police, a man pulled up to service the ATM outside Chase Bank just south of U.S. 20 before 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The serviceman employed by Garda Cash Logistics out of South Bend told officers he opened the ATM and just as he was opening the deposit drawer inside the machine, the wind blew.

Money then started blowing out of the drawer and into the parking lot, police said.

He and a co-worker began trying to retrieve all of the money as strong southerly winds continued to blow.

Several bystanders then came over grabbing handfuls of cash and giving it back to the ATM servicemen.

Responding officers also got involved chasing bills flying and tumbling in the wind.

Police also kept busy tracking down several individuals who possibly made off with some of the cash.

According to police, all of the people stopped were allowed to go after being found with no money in their possession.

Two men wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and red baseball cap were seen running toward the back of the ATM truck and then away from the truck.

Those individuals were not located.

Police said the two men were not seen with any cash but their arms were folded as if they were holding some of the money as they ran from the scene.

The amount of cash inside the ATM is not being disclosed.

Michigan City Police Chief Mark Swistek did say that several hundred dollars were still unaccounted for.

"A majority of it was recovered," Swistek said.

He credited a fast response from his officers and for their diligence in chasing down bills.

Police are hoping surveillance video will shed light on any individuals who made off with some of the cash.

"It's an alive case that's still being investigated," said Cary Brinkman, Michigan City Police Detective Bureau commander.


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