TAMPA (WFLA) — At 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, a thief used a tool to pry open the back door of “Secrets Gentleman’s Club.”
In minutes, the masked robber was able to pry an entire ATM from the floor and use a hand truck to wheel it out the back door.
The thief loaded the ATM into the back of a U-Haul truck and drove away.
The entire operation took just minutes, but it was all captured by security cameras.
“These guys are very quick,” said Corporal Larry McKinnon, with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s deputies believe the same thief hit Pin Chasers Bowling Alley on Hillsborough Avenue a few days earlier, but in that case he failed to make off with the ATM.
Manager John Campbell says the thief’s attempts at the bowling alley were also captured on video.
“It showed him coming up to the door, taking a grinder and cutting through the lock. Went in and tried to get a crowbar underneath the ATM, rocked it, rocked it, couldn’t get it going and by then I’m sure the alarms were sounding, and he was here about four minutes before he decided he couldn’t get it and left,” said Campbell.
The sheriff’s office believes the thief also tried the same thing at a nearby CVS drug store.
The thief is described as white man, 6 feet tall, weighing more than 200 pounds. He has a brown beard, full tattoo sleeve on left his forearm and tattoos on his right forearm.
The stolen U-Haul has the tag AD71108.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).