(Earling) More information has been released in connection with theft of an ATM machine from a Shelby County bank this morning.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says 34-year-old Robert Edle and 19-year-old Patrick Eggerling, both of Council Bluffs face numerous charges in connection with the theft of an ATM machine from the Farmer’s Trust and Savings Bank in Earling. Both suspects are charged with 1st degree theft, 3rd degree burglary, possession of stolen property and burglary tools, and 2nd degree criminal mischief.
Deputies were called to Earling at around 4:00 a.m after witnesses observed the two suspects pulling the ATM out of the bank with a log chain, and onto the street. They loaded the ATM into the rear of a Blazer and took off. A description of the vehicle was broadcast to surrounding counties before a Harrison County Deputy observed the vehicle on Highway 30 near Logan. The deputy tried to stop the men but they failed to stop and a pursuit continued to Interstate 680 where the Iowa State Patrol and Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office provided assistance. The Blazer eventually crashed on Whiperwill Road, near the 18-mile marker on Interstate 680, and came to rest in the ditch. Edle and Eggerling fled the vehicle, and were eventually taken into custody a short distance from the crash site.
Deputies recovered the ATM machine that was left in the rear of the Blazer once the subjects were in custody. Deputies learned the vehicle had been stolen from Wright County.
Robert Edle and Patrick Eggerling were transported to the Shelby County Jail and are currently being held.
April 12, 2012