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Cashed-Out ATMs Found in the Woods

NEWTON TOWNSHIP — Authorities retrieved automated teller machines that may have been yanked from businesses during a burglary spree this week in Wyoming C...
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NEWTON TOWNSHIP -- Authorities retrieved automated teller machines that may have been yanked from businesses during a burglary spree this week in Wyoming County.

PennDOT maintenance crews found them in a creek in Lackawanna County while they were doing routine maintenance work.

The PennDOT crew was out checking for damage near Clarks Summit after Wednesday night's thunderstorms when they saw something that stood out: an ATM sign sticking out from an embankment in the woods.

The police now have the empty ATMs and they have a good idea of where they came from.

Gloria Maddage started working for PennDOT in Lackawanna County just two weeks ago and she may have already earned herself a raise. It's because of what she found while working in Newton Township.

"I was in one of the dump trucks. We were checking storm drains for debris from the storm last night, and when we came down the hill, I was just looking over and I saw a pile of metal that said 'ATM' and it just caught my eye," said Maddage.

That ATM sign led Gloria and her crew to a total of three automatic teller machines, pried open and empty of cash.

The PennDOT workers were driving by and if they weren't high up in a dump truck, they may have never seen the ATMs that were piled up behind an embankment.

PennDOT took the machines to South Abington Township police, though this may be an easy investigation.

'Well, we watch the news. We keep up with what's going on as well. We see that and, like, bells went off, with the machines that you find on the side of the road, not an ATM machine," said PennDOT worker Matt Kime.

Three ATMs were stolen from three separate businesses in Wyoming County earlier this week. State police shared surveillance video in hopes of finding the three crooks.

Police will use serial numbers to confirm whether the stolen ATMs from Lake Winola are, in fact, the ones found miles away on the side of a road near Clarks Summit.

"Once we determine where they've come from, we will contact the appropriate law enforcement agency there for follow up and relinquish custody of the machines to them," said South Abington Township Police Chief Robert Gerrity.

Police in South Abington Township say it will take about a day to confirm just where the ATMs found on the side of the road came from. They say there's no clear way to know how long the ATMs were left there.