Caught on Camera: Two Thieves Try to Steal ATM from Turlock VFW

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TURLOCK --

Turlock police are searching for two men who were caught on camera trying to steal an ATM from a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Turlock early Tuesday morning.

"Those things are bolted down to the ground pretty good, so I was surprised they went for it," Manuel Sandoval said.

Sandoval is the chief financial officer at VFW Post 5059 on Linwood Avenue in Turlock.

He told FOX40 the two white males seen on surveillance video hooked a chain up to a tow hitch on a white pickup truck and tried to drag an ATM out of their side door.

After many failed attempts at getting the machine, Sandoval said they left, only to return a short time later with a tool they used to try to break into the ATM.

When that also failed, Sandoval said they stole three bottles of liquor from the bar and two historic but inoperable rifles from a display case.

"Honestly, it angers me, on so many different levels," Sandoval said.

One of the men removed his mask when he approached the bar to steal alcohol. Surveillance captured a fairly clear image of his face.

"They were so generic, just so generic," Bar Manager Isabell said.

While VFW members did not recognize the two men, several of them said they recognized the white pickup truck. Auxillary member Jim Parker said the truck has been to the VFW post several times, possibly at one of many events it hosts on site that are open to the public.

"They don't understand what this place really means," Parker said.

Sandoval told FOX40 that Turlock police got the truck's license plate number from the surveillance video and recovered that truck later Tuesday.

However, Sandoval said, the truck was reported stolen Tuesday, and the men caught on camera driving it to the VFW had not been identified.

"They fight for this country and they go overseas for this country. Some people just have no respect for the military," member Michael Bennet said.

If the men in the video look familiar to you, contact the Turlock Police Department.