Twin Falls Police arrest suspect in a four-state string of ATM burglaries
Investigators with the Twin Falls Police Department have arrested a suspect who is believed to have been involved in burglarizing an automatic teller machine at the College of Southern Idaho, as well as several others at colleges and universities across the western United States.
The multi-agency investigation, which included the Federal Bureau of Investigation, spanned four states and at least five campuses.
The investigation began on July 23, of last year, after Twin Falls police found that an ATM machine had been moved from the Student Union Building at the College of Southern Idaho into a janitorial closet, where the money was removed from the machine. The ATM machine was FDIC insured.
Detectives with the Twin Falls Police Department learned of similar burglaries at other campuses in western states, which included Corban University, Boise State University, Idaho State University and Dixie State College of Utah. Detectives found that similar methods for entering the ATM machines were used in all five cases.
Detectives believe the suspect may have targeted other ATMs on other college campuses, but they are waiting to conclude the investigation before identifying those schools.
On January 26, detectives were able to locate the suspect in Arizona, where he was taken into custody. Detectives are not releasing additional details of the suspect – and are only saying that he’s a Utah resident.
“We are continuing to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine the extent of the charges that will be filed against the suspect,” said Detective Ben Mittelstadt of the Twin Falls Police Department.
“We will release more information as it becomes available,” he said.