Texas Man Faces Charges After Attempted ATM Theft

A 20-year-old Texas man was hit with multiple charges March 15 after he allegedly tried to break into an automated teller machine with a truck at an Elizabeth Avenue bank.

Police said they received a 9-1-1 call about the attempted theft at about 3:11 a.m. The responding officer tried to top the truck, and the people inside fled, according to a press release from the Franklin Township Police Department.

A short time later, police found the driver, the Texas man, and placed him under arrest, according to the release.

The truck being used in the attempt was stolen, police said.

The Texas man was charged with 3rd Degree Conspiracy to Commit Theft, 3rd Degree Resisting Arrest, 3rd Degree Eluding an Officer, and 3rd Degree Receiving Stolen Property, according to the release.

The man was lodged in the Somerset County Jail, Somerville, pending a bail hearing, the release said.

Anyone with information on the attempted theft is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at (908) 231-7100 or Detective Mark Keller of the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533 extension 3148 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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