3 Men Arrested in Series of O.C. ATM Thefts
Suspects Bockman, Weber and Coffey
Orange County Sheriff's investigators nabbed one of the suspects Saturday at the Morongo Casino gambling floor in Cabazon.
Two other suspects were taken into custody Tuesday.
According to Orange County Sheriff spokesman Jim Amormino, the three men are suspected of stealing ATMs in Aliso Viejo on April 26 and in Yorba Linda on May 1.
Investigators believe the men also tried to steal an ATM in Fullerton but their attempt failed.
During the Aliso Viejo theft, investigators say the men took an ATM from inside a Stater Bros. store on the 26000 block of La Paz Road.
About $71,000 in $20 bills was inside the ATM, said Sheriff Sandra Hutchens during a news conference. About $169,000 in cash and other bank deposits were also inside the machine.
While investigators with the sheriff's department followed up with the case, officials with the Fullerton Police Department provided a DNA sample that was collected during a previous attempted theft of an ATM there, Hutchens said.
The DNA sample led officials to Richard Duane Bockman, a 43-year-old man from Yucca Valley, Hutchens said. He was arrested Saturday at the Morongo Casino.
On Tuesday, investigators arrested Ricky Coffey, a 44-year-old man from Orange, and Curtis Weber, 38, of Placentia.
Three men were allegedly seen in surveillance video loading the ATM into a white truck, which was equipped with a hydraulic lift, Amormino said.
The truck is believed to have been stolen, and was found by authorities burned after the three incidents.
Sgt. Mike McHenry, one of the investigators in the case, said the three men appeared to have knowledge about the ATMs, and knew how to pry them open.