March 30, 2009

Police: Excavator used to break into bank

Police in Atlanta said they have arrested a man who allegedly used an excavator stolen from a construction site to rip open the roof and front door of a bank.

Officers said a witness called 911 and reported seeing the man steal the excavator, which is more powerful than a backhoe, and take it to the bank, WSB-TV, Atlanta, reported Monday.

The witness said the suspect used the tool to rip open the roof and front door of the SunTrust bank. However, the man jumped from the excavator and fled once police arrived.

Police said they chased the man down and he was taken to the Fulton County Jail.

Two armed security guards have been placed on sentry duty at the bank, police said.