Suspects use stolen U-Haul to knock over ATM

Leonard Hall

Two men in a stolen U-Haul knocked over an ATM at DuGood Credit Union in Beaumont Aug. 1, but couldn’t cash in because they couldn’t get the cash out of the machine, reports the Beaumont Police Department. One of the men is in custody, and police are searching for his accomplice.

According to a news release from BPD Officer Carol Riley, officers responded to an alarm at the credit union at 1795 N. Major Drive in Beaumont on Monday at 3:42 a.m. After their arrival on the scene, officers observed an ATM lying on the ground approximately 50 feet west of where it had been anchored. A witness approached officers and said a small U-Haul box truck knocked the ATM off the base and then pushed it into a nearby patch of grass. The suspects were unable to open the ATM or load it in the U-Haul. They reportedly left the scene south on N. Major Drive. Video surveillance showed two black males dressed in dark clothing committing the act, according to Riley.

A Jefferson County deputy located the vehicle traveling in the area of Walden and Interstate 10 South. The Jefferson County deputy and BPD patrol officers tried to stop the suspect vehicle, and the driver fled down Walden, to Interstate 10 South, to Clearwater Court. The vehicle traveled east on Clearwater Court and stopped at a vacant field, where the suspects abandoned the vehicle and ran into the woods. K-9 officers conducted a track and located one of the suspects, 39-year-old Leonard Jamard Hall, of Beaumont. JCSO deployed Air 1, but officers were unable to locate the second suspect. Hall was transported to Jefferson County Correctional Facility and booked in for felony theft charges.

Police discovered the U-Haul had been reported stolen in Beaumont.

Detectives continue to take statements and investigate this incident.