UPDATE: ATM Located by Claycordian in Creek on Reliez Valley Rd.

April 2, 2014 18:42 pm · 24 comments



As we first reported earlier on Wednesday, an ATM machine, which we’re assuming was stolen, was found by a Claycordian while she was walking near a creek on Reliez Valley Rd. in unincorporated Lafayette.

The ATM was recovered by the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, who provided the pictures shown above.

Jimmy Lee with the Office of the Sheriff says they have booked it into evidence, and they are working with other law enforcement agencies to see if it is linked to ATM machine thefts in the area.

At least two ATM thefts have occurred in Claycord; one in Concord and one in Walnut Creek. We’re hearing there have been other thefts of ATMs throughout the Bay Area.

We’ll keep you updated with any further developments.


Ricardoh April 2, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Dropped it off on the way back to Oakland.

TinFoiler April 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Wow, Even my toothbrush has one of those RFID things. It’s really unreasonable that an ATM doesn’t have some kind of battery backed up GPS device for tracking.

Atticus Thraxx April 2, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Looks more like a cornsnake to me.

Dorothy April 2, 2014 at 7:21 PM

At least one was found.

Gotta say... April 2, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Don’t look to tuff to get into, thought they would
be heavier gauge steel, and iron.
Agree they should have a tracking device.

Blink April 2, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Crooks coming from Lafayette ? Lol

Concord April 2, 2014 at 8:52 PM

I know, even Target has spy bots in their expensive items so they can be tracked if stolen from the store. Strange ATMs wouldn’t have a tracking device.

Atticus Thraxx April 2, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Tinfoiler I’m just happy you even have a toothbrush.

schedule April 2, 2014 at 9:56 PM

they stole the atm from delta view golf course in pittsburg too overnight last week.

Dr. Jellyfinge® April 2, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Looks like R2D2 after the Jawas gave him the cattle prod.

biggus thinkus April 2, 2014 at 10:59 PM

setting themselves up to fail.
leaving solid evidence in the open.
heading to oakland? i dont buy it.
and, @Blink, i grew up in lafayette,
there are some seriously intelligent smacktards
in that town that take the time to plan these heists
and shenanigans with time and restless energy and
money (or resources) to do it.
either way you look at it, i hope they are removed from the community.

It is sad.. April 2, 2014 at 11:04 PM

These crooks smash into a business, rip out the ATM, and take it to a remote location. They totally destroy the machine by prying the hell out of it, and take the $2000 bucks out of it.

Most ATM’s are owned by private persons who fill them and service them..and they make their living on your “ATM $2 transaction” fee.

Now some business guy has to replace a $10,000 machine and the lost money!
Hope they catch the crooks!

I'm The Urban Spaceman April 3, 2014 at 12:59 AM

More and more these ATMs are becoming sentient and wandering off into the wilderness to discover themselves.

The Mamba April 3, 2014 at 7:51 AM

I wonder how difficult it is to crack at ATM like that open? Sledgehammer?

nytemuvr April 3, 2014 at 9:02 AM

@The Mamba #14
It doesn’t look very hard, no hammer marks but it looks like it’s been pried open. If you notice the 4 holes on the bottom are for bolting into a floor or cement(like a gun safe). I wonder how many stolen ones were bolted down properly?

jtkatec April 3, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Urban Spaceman, do you think there’s any possibility this is tied to the increasing number of fatalities of fire hydrants?

Bones April 3, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Looks like it was tortured before they killed it (nuts have been removed, probably with a slotted tool).

Proud Californian April 3, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Nope, not on their way back to Oakland. I also grew up in Lafayette. These theiving scumbag tweekers have knowledge of CCCo, and Lafayette’s topography. There’s plenty of trailer trash behind the upscale facades, sadly. Lafayette is not and has never been the bastion of gentle society they like to think they are.

WC April 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Some sugar daddy in Lafayette finally told his wife he’s no longer providing her an ATM in the living room.

Suzanne April 3, 2014 at 11:19 AM

lol WC, that would have been my reaction too.

Suzanne April 3, 2014 at 11:32 AM

except I wouldn’t have need for a sugar daddy.

Paul April 3, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Reading the comments on these threads reminds me of how many shmucks and douche bags live in walnut creek and lafeyette.

@sad April 3, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Uh, I’m pretty sure the A.T. Machines owners
are insured. The store owner was also, if not
shame on him.

Big Al April 3, 2014 at 8:57 PM

You can find all kinds of busted open safes in the creeks of Franklin Canyon near the railroad in Martinez.

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