SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Hundreds of state employees who work at the Bateson Building at 9th and P streets were greeted by flashing lights and uniforms when they got to work Tuesday morning.
At around 4:30 a.m., three masked thieves used tools to pry open the front door then past another door to get at a Golden 1 ATM inside.
“Basically, drug out an ATM machine out to the street,” said California Highway Patrol Officer John Ortega.
What appeared to be an early 2000s Chevrolet Astro van took off with it. Their last known direction of travel was southbound on 9th Street.
The Golden 1 Credit Union caters to state employees and about 800 work in the Bateson Building.
“It’s convenient on your way out the door,“ said state employee Waringa Waitiki.
Waitiki was not the only one who thought it is a safe place for an ATM.
“It’s inside a state building, so you kind of have to be brave and or stupid,” she said.
The crooks knew the ATM was freestanding and not bolted to the floor. Many ATMs are embedded into walls, like the one across from the State Capitol.
Just one block away, a larger ATM resides at the Twin Towers state building complex. The thieves passed on the bulkier one.
On the other hand, it took three of them to manhandle the ATM out the front doors and down the stairs. Scrape marks all the way to the curb showed the ATM was too heavy for them to carry.
Part of the ATM was left behind or broke off during the wrestling match.
The Bateson Building has security guards but none were on duty in the lobby at the time.
“CHP is two blocks away. I don’t know what they were thinking,” said state employee Chris Kashuba.
State workers get paid on the first of the month. How much money was left after several weeks of withdrawals is unknown.