Irvine police are investigating the possible attempted theft of a bank night depository box over the weekend.
Police say an employee at Sun West Bank at 2050 Main Street discovered a strange contraption while cleaning out the bank’s night depository box Monday morning. The device consisted of a string, a two-by-four-inch piece of sticky rat trap paper and a broken credit card.
Whoever inserted the device may have been attempting to retrieve items from the box, police said. The depository, however, was empty and nothing was reported missing.
Night depository boxes are slots located on the outside of a bank where merchants can deposit their daily cash, checks and credit card slips outside of normal bank hours.
Police say the depository was located near the bank’s exterior ATM machine, which has a surveillance camera. Detectives have requested its footage from the bank, but because the camera is pointed directly in front of the ATM and not at the depository, police say chances of it revealing a suspect are unlikely.
Police said theft from a bank’s night depository is extremely rare, and there have been no known cases of the crime in Irvine.
By CHRISTOPHER EARLEY / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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