MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis police officer reportedly trying to withdraw cash Friday morning just after 3 at the Memphis City Employee Credit Union on Mt. Moriah Terrace pulled up on two burglars breaking into an ATM.
With the Mt. Moriah police precinct less than a mile away and the credit union serving most officers in the area, people who heard about the burglary said it was not a smart idea.
In the failed smash and grab attempt, investigators say the two men used an axe and sledgehammer to crack the machine open but did not get any money.
The suspects fled and after a brief chase on foot, MPD dispatched its helicopter to assist in the search by air.
19-year-old Tevias Jackson was eventually captured and charged with felony vandalism and evading arrest. The other man is still on the run as of Friday afternoon.
"Busting in an ATM that was just dumb," said Memphis resident, Taurean Hanes.
Hanes believes the would-be burglars had too much time on their hands.
"You know to break into an ATM and to stand out in the cold, you have time to find a job," he added.
The CEO of the credit union said damages to the ATM are estimated at $50,000. He said its a highly secure machine and would take a blow torch to get inside. He explained that if burglars were able to gain access, they would likely end up burning the money.
Investigators were also searching for a woman possibly driving a get away car who was seen leaving the scene in a 2005 tan Altima.
"If they find you, then you going to jail for something stupid," said Hanes, "Now you can sit in jail and think about what you did that was really stupid."
If you have any information that can help investigators solve this crime, call police at 901-528-CASH.