LAS CRUCES — Three Texas men were arrested in Las Cruces Saturday night after police said they tried to steal an ATM with over $50,000 in it.
Jacobei Deion Townsend of Humble, Eric Jamaile Adams of Houston, and Victor Michael Charles of Katy were arrested and charged with theft for over $20,000, criminal damage to property, conspiracy to steal, resisting arrest, wrongful expropriation of a motor vehicle, and conspiracy to wrongful possession a motor vehicle.
According to a police affidavit, patrol officers were notified of an ATM theft on North Water Street in the early hours of January 22. A 911 caller told police he saw three men using a truck and car to try to rip a Sunflower Bank ATM out of the ground.
When police arrived, they said two of the men — Townsend, 20, and Adams, 22 — pried into the ATM. The third man – Charles, 21 – was reportedly waiting nearby. All three men were arrested after a brief chase, police said.
Police said Townsend and Adams declined to be interviewed by police at the scene. Charles told police he had nothing to do with the ATM theft and said he was in Las Cruces to visit his girlfriend.
Police said in the affidavit that they discovered prints at the scene that matched Townsend, Adams and Charles. They also said Townsend and Adams could be seen on footage from ATM security cameras.
All three men were due to face a judge on Monday afternoon. At the time of writing this article, all three men were in prison without attachment.
Justin Garcia is the public safety reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @Just516garc.