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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

www.usdoj.gov/usao/mow/index.html


MAY 13, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC-AREA MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTING

TO STEAL BANK ATM


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., area man was charged in federal court today with attempting to steal a bank’s automated teller machine.


            Steven A. White, 50, address unknown, was charged with bank burglary in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City.


            According to an affidavit filed in support of the complaint, White used a stolen pick-up truck with a flatbed trailer and a stolen backhoe to remove the ATM from North American Savings Bank, 12498 S. Hwy. 71 in Grandview, Mo.


            Grandview police officers responded to an alarm at the bank at 3:15 a.m. Sunday, May 11, 2008. A pick-up truck with a flatbed trailer was parked on an access road directly in front of the bank; the backhoe was sitting next to the truck, running with the keys in the ignition, and the ATM was missing. Officers saw the ATM on the back of the flatbed trailer, the affidavit says, as White jumped into the truck and drove away.


            Police officers, with their emergency lights activated, pursued the truck up the access road. White committed various traffic violations, the affidavit says, entering the northbound lanes of Highway 71. The vehicle, which was still pulling the flatbed trailer carrying the ATM and was being pursued by several police cars, weaved back and forth across traffic until White stopped the vehicle on the northbound lanes of traffic about a mile from the bank. Both White and a passenger then fled on foot.


            After a short foot chase, White was apprehended. The passenger was not apprehended.


            According to the affidavit, the backhoe used during the burglary was reported stolen from a construction site near the location of the bank. The pick-up truck was reported stolen on April 22, 2008.


            Video surveillance from the bank depicted that the backhoe was used to rip and push the ATM over and onto the flat bed trailer. The ATM contained $27,573 at the time of the burglary and no money was missing from the ATM. The damage sustained by the ATM, the affidavit says, will cost thousands of dollars to repair.


            Wood cautioned that the charge contained in this complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney K. Michael Warner. It was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Grandview, Mo., Police Department.



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