Pair Suspected of Stealing Bank ATM Filled with Money

RIVERSIDE – Two men were behind bars today for allegedly stealing an ATM and attempting to haul away another one in two separate Riverside County locations.

Ernest Brandon Causey, 26, and Thomas Carlton Wilson, 38 — both of Riverside — were arrested Wednesday following a sheriff’s investigation that began earlier this month.

Causey and Wilson were each arrested on suspicion of auto theft, conspiracy, grand theft and attempted grand theft.

Causey was additionally booked for petty theft, while Wilson is facing parole violation allegations.

He’s being held without bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, where Causey is also housed in lieu of $167,000 bail.

The two suspects allegedly tried — but failed — to steal a stand-alone Chase bank ATM in the 6000 block of Hamner Avenue in Eastvale in the predawn hours of April 3 and April 6.

In the predawn hours of April 11, the pair allegedly succeeded in stealing an ATM kiosk outside a bank in the 1800 block of East Florida Avenue in Hemet.

The suspects ”used a large white box van to rip the ATM from its foundation and haul it away,” Hemet police Lt. Dean Evans alleged.

The machine was loaded with cash, Evans said, without disclosing how much.

Surveillance video and other evidence collected at the scene helped investigators identify Causey and Wilson, according to Evans.

Sheriff’s and Hemet police personnel tracked the duo down and arrested them without incident at Wilson’s apartment in the 7500 block of Philbin Avenue in Riverside, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Vanessa Sloniker.

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