Suspects arrested in connection to three crimes, including attempted theft of ATM


ATASCADERO — Two men, including one from Atascadero, were arrested in connection to the attempted theft of an ATM and for two other related crimes, the Atascadero Police Department reported.

At the end of May, APD investigated several significant crimes from Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27.  

During the investigation of the crimes, detectives connected all of them to the same suspects. Working with law enforcement agencies, Atascadero police detectives tracked the two suspects to Monterey County and made arrests in connection to the crimes.

The first incident was on Friday, May 24 and involved the burglary and theft of two vans from the Atascadero Unified School District. The second incident involved a suspect attempting to steal a van on Traffic Way, and the third on May 27, involved suspicious subjects using stolen construction equipment — a truck with attached trailer and backhoe — to remove the ATM at  Pacific Premier Bank. The truck was reported stolen out of Paso Robles earlier in the evening.

Atascadero police detectives first went to Monterey County on June 5 and arrested Francis Humes, 35, of Monterey.  Humes was transported to San Luis Obispo and booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of the following felony charges — vehicle theft, attempted grand theft, vandalism and conspiracy.

Detectives returned to the Monterey Bay area on June 11 and arrested Christopher Rafael Burrell, 43, of Atascadero. Burrell was transported to San Luis Obispo County and booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail for a probation violation. Burrell will be facing additional charges of vehicle theft, attempted grand theft, vandalism and conspiracy. His bail was set at $20,000.

This investigation is ongoing and if anyone has any information on these crimes, they are asked to contact Detective Sgt. Jeff Wilshusen at 805-461-5051.

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