Christopher Turner (Jail photo)
BELTON (October 11, 2012)—A Dallas man was being held Thursday in the Bell County Jail after his arrest in connection with an April attempt to steal an ATM from a Little River bank.
Christopher Turner, 25, was ordered held on bonds totaling $75,000, charged with theft of property more than $200,000.
Little River police believe Turner is among five men who on April 18 wrapped a chain around an ATM machine at the First State Bank Central Texas in Little River-Academy and tried to drag it away with a pick up truck.
Dezmon Dewayne Vance, 25, whom Little River-Academy Mayor Ronnie White caught immediately after the botched ATM theft, remained Thursday in the Bell County Jail held on a $75,000 bond on the same charge.
Little River-Academy Police Chief Troy Hess said at the time an arrest warrant had been issued for a second person in connection with the attempted theft, but provided no further details.
He said officers still are seeking three others in connection with the incident, which led to a major manhunt and forced the Academy ISD to cancel classes for the day.
Mayor White was in the area of the search Wednesday morning when he saw a man emerging from a wooded area.
He said he confronted the man, who fit the description of the would-be thieves, and ordered him to stay put as he called for officers to take the man into custody.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Harpin Meyers said the five would-be thieves drove four stolen vehicles from Dallas to Little River where they tried unsuccessfully to steal the ATM from a bank.
Meyers said a neighbor witnessed the men trying to drag the ATM from its base outside the First State Bank of Central Texas, which is located just north of town on State Highway 95.
The chain the men used still was visible, wrapped around the ATM.
When a deputy arrived to check out the report, the four men left the stolen vehicles and escaped on foot.
One of the would-be bandits dropped his wallet with his ID and probation card inside.