The man, who police have not identified, removed an ATM from the premises of the $86 million Frontier Community Credit Union with the aid a skid loader, a large piece of equipment, according to press reports. He then planned to open the 3000 pound ATM by dropping it down a 50 foot wooded embankment nearby.
But his plan went awry when he failed to make sure the skid loader actually released the machine when dropping it. Since the skid loader and ATM remained attached, the ATM, skid loader and the would be thief inside it all together went down the embankment to finally skid to a stop at the bottom.
Police later released and arrested the suspected thief from the cage of the skid loader where he had been trapped. He was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.