An elaborate scheme to make some quick cash backfired on a couple of would-be thieves.
Detectives say Robert Suggs and David Hall hatched an elaborate plan to steal an ATM from the Bank of America drive thru in Seffner. But when they tried to open it up, that's when their luck ran out.
"Very dumb and not too creative! Not too smart," said Mike Quillen, who co-owns Eagle Safe and Security with his brother Larry Quillen.
Detectives say the suspects used a stolen front end loader to knock down the ATM. Then investigators say the suspects hopped into a stolen dump truck to haul it away.
"That's usually what they use. Big trucks or backhoes, front-end loaders," said Larry Quillen, with Eagle Safe and Security.
The Quillens say they see it all the time. They're the security experts banks call in to retrieve the stolen machines.
"Maybe every three or four months. These bigger ones, every three or four months. Smaller ones, a lot more often. At convenience stores, they're about a third of the weight," Mike Quillen said.
But for all their planning and effort, the suspects didn't think about the GPS tracker inside the ATM or neighbors who might've heard them trying to saw it open around five or six in the morning.
"They think they're going to get away with it and it's usually a neighbor that's in the neighborhood. They see them standing right in front of the machine beating on it. So, they catch 'em!" Mike said.
The Quillens say the suspects busted the dial and the handle but they never got a dime. Deputies say they were still trying to crack it open when they were caught.
"Not too good! I mean, they got the ATM but as far as getting in, they hardly ever get inside them. They usually do more damage than anything to them," Larry Quillen said.
Both Suggs and Hall were arrested. They now face several charges of grand theft.
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