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Posted on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 6:30 p.m.

U-M police offering $500 reward for information on ATM theft Saturday

By Kyle Feldscher

University of Michigan police are looking for two people suspected of stealing an ATM from the U-M Cardiovascular Center Saturday, and they're offering $500 for information leading to their arrest.


One of the suspects from Saturday night's ATM theft.

Courtesy U-M Police

University police spokeswoman Diane Brown said police believe the suspects, one man and one woman, unplugged the ATM from the Cardiovascular Center and wheeled it out of the building on a dolly. The machine was found outside the building and no money was removed from it, Brown said.

The first suspect is a black man, between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a slim to average build. He was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, a Carhart-style jacket and dark pants, Brown said.

The second suspect is a black woman, between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a light to medium complexion and a slim build. She is between 30 and 40 years old and was wearing all dark clothing.

The two suspects left the area in a newer-model, gray Jeep Grand Cherokee, Brown said.

Police are offering a $500 reward to anyone who is able to help police in their investigation. Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to call 911 from an on-campus phone or 734-763-1131 from an off-campus phone.

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Thu, Dec 22, 2011 : 12:47 a.m.

Thanks for the comments re: Carhartt clothing. This attempted theft is probably a one-time attempt. The UM Hospitals are a huge maze of corridors that are relatively accessible by anyone, and all kinds of thefts take place (patient and staff wallets and purses, etc). The ATM theft was a bold attempt, but not likely something to be repeated. What were these thugs thinking? Where were they going to go once they got outside the building? Maybe UM will think about securing these machines to the floor with bolts and other devices to make them less attractive for theft. A bigger issue with ATM theft are the scimmers that are placed over the keypads that record PIN numbers for fake ATM cards. If this ATM is in a "hidden" location, it is a target for a scimmer. This type of theft is big business and maybe this is a wake-up call for UM to move ATMS to more visible, high traffic locations and to secure them properly.

Wolf's Bane

Wed, Dec 21, 2011 : 6:19 p.m.

Wow, first a pedophile attack at Motts and now ATMs? Security, please?

cornelius McDougenschniefferburgenstein jr. 3 esq.

Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 9:28 p.m.

thank god no one was hurt or killed this could have had a very different outcome.he might have pulled up his shirt exposing an (outie)


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 5:44 p.m.

From the hospital to the river, it's all downhill. The hopeful thieves could have rolled the ATM down to the river and floated it away on a raft. ;-) Or - they could have rolled the ATM INSIDE the hospital and then lost themselves and their treasure in the endless halls of U of M Hospital. I believe there are probably homeless people living in spare rooms there right now - no one would notice. And $20,000 buys a lot of cafeteria food. "Borrowing" scrubs and lost ID badges - they could live there forever! ;-) $500 reward? This tells us that pursuit of these wanna be thieves is not serious. I'm waiting for to report the following from U of M's security spokesperson: "The suspect was wearing brown hat, brown coat, brown pants and brown shoes, Diane Brown said." It's gonna happen - wait for it.

god's hammer

Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 2:33 p.m.

I have personally counted 4 different pedestrian crosswalk types in the city of ann arbor. All marked with different signage. Some have a "stop local law", other say "stop for pedestrian in in walk", some say yield for pedestrian, some have a icon of someone crossing, now some will have flashing lights. WHY CAN'T WE HAVE THEM ALL BE THE SAME!


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 2:13 p.m.

Perhaps they recalled the duo from the movie Barbershop and decided it was too much trouble?


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 1:32 p.m.

She has a patch on her coat sleeve. Any clue as to what the patch may be associated?

Roy Munson

Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 1:12 p.m.

I do not understand how this can be happening. According to the mayor, "Crime is down. Actually, crime is way down!"


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 5:17 a.m.

Very clear picture of the one suspect. (shouldn't be hard to find) unless they leave the state.


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 3:15 a.m.

No one saw this happening? How ludicrous is that in a busy hospital? Where were the security personnel who were supposed to be watching the security monitors? Why have security cameras if no one is monitoring them? What is Carhart-style clothing? This was a very bold theft, and just more thuggery in Ann Arbor>>>unfortunately>>>


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 5:29 p.m.

Google "Carhartt jackets" -you'll immediately be shown images of the various Carhartt jackets. These have become popular but originally were favored by construction workers. RE: watching security cameras - having supervised and tested security officers doing this duty: I find that it's nearly impossible for most people to maintain focus on the screens for more than a few minutes. In most locations, even if screens are monitored 24/7, it may take weeks or months for "something to be seen." Even if something is seen: most security officers are unarmed and untrained for physical confrontation - in fact, that's often discouraged. The most likely scenario is what spm describes: officers would summon police and that gives plenty of time for perps to leave the area.


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 11:03 a.m.

The ATM is (was) in a nook by the employee entrance so it isn't usually too busy, especially on a Saturday. Since the ATM is so close to the door, they probably got it on the dolly and out the door before security could even get there. I bet an employee coming in probably spooked them before they could get it in the car.


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 5:56 a.m.

Carhart is a brand of work clothes (Dearborn-based company). Heavy, durable, baggy.

Kai Petainen

Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 1:33 a.m.

wow. that's pretty bold/gutsy. come on hospital security.... how did you not see this? (i'd get mad at hospital security for this and not DPS) be it spills or ATMs... *sigh* this kind of stuff should not happen at/near a world-class hospital. "The machine was found outside the building" perhaps they were they trying to make a drive-by ATM?


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 12:52 a.m.

If this is the type of security U of M Health Care has, I think every we are in trouble once "Obama Care" happens. Someone could just walk out with your medical records and nobody would know it.


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 5:53 a.m.

Secure e Records? They'll be hacked by Russian hackers within a matter of weeks...

Veggie Burrito

Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 4:07 a.m.

Actually, a part of Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is funding the transition from paper to electronic health records at UMHS, which will make it impossible to remove patients' health medical records because they are electronic, encrypted and require 2-3 factor authentication to access. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 will have no effect on the physical security of the health system buildings, except perhaps indirectly, by providing affordable health insurance options to uninsured families that would have otherwise gone into bankruptcy from enormous medical bills and been desperate enough to steal ATMs.


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 12:01 a.m.

How did they get it out of there without being seen?! That's not something you can just get in and out with quickly! And they're supposed to heavy as did 2 relatively small people manage to even get it on a dolly??

Monica R-W

Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 11:49 p.m.

Wow! Did they not think U of M has cameras in a hospital? At least they did wise up, realize the machine would be hard to open and left it. They shouldn't have left the machine in its place, you think.


Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 11:47 p.m.

This is amazing. They unplugged it and wheeled it out on a dolly? No bolts had to be removed, no safeguards of any type were utilized? Then they left it. Great photo of the lady.