Police recover ATM machine stolen from Pacific Heights

A couple thieves made a big ATM withdrawal in Pacific Heights early Wednesday morning, but they didn't get a chance to cash in.

San Francisco police have recovered an ATM that was ripped from a business' wall, police Officer Gordon Shyy said.

About 3:30 a.m., police responded to the 2400 block of Fillmore Street on reports of the stolen ATM, Shyy said. Police were notified of the heist by a neighbor who was awakened by a loud crash, looked out the apartment window and saw two men loading up a white van with an ATM, Shyy said.

Officers later located the vehicle, Shyy said, but did not initiate a high-speed pursuit. They followed the van onto eastbound Interstate 80 at Market Street and Octavia Boulevard where the van picked up speed and the pursuing units lost sight of it. They believe the van made it all the way out to Treasure Island before turning around, heading west on the eastbound lanes of the Bay Bridge.

Police then set up a staging area at 5th and Bryant streets, Shyy said, where the van exited the Interstate. Officers attempted to get the suspects to stop, but they drove on and police followed. Police lost sight of the van as it headed the wrong way on Brannan Street around 7th Street before it was finally located at 19th and Missouri streets and the ATM was recovered.

The suspects were not there and remain at large. Police were not able to get detailed descriptions of the suspects and will be canvassing the area around where the ATM was taken for surveillance footage.

The van was reportedly stolen from somewhere in the South Bay, Shyy said.

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