CYPRESS – A man was arrested after an officer saw two men using a stolen car in an attempt to take an automatic teller from a bank.
A Cypress officer shortly before 5 a.m. Monday saw a vehicle backed into an ATM outside a newly constructed Chase Bank in the 10000 block of Valley View Street, a police statement said.
The driver of the vehicle, a cargo truck, fled from the officer, police said. A short time later, the driver of the truck crashed into two cars parked in a nearby residential neighborhood.
During a search of the area, officers took Shan Alen Herttua, 38, into custody. A second person suspected in the burglary attempt was not located, police said.
Investigators believe that the vehicle, which had a hydraulic lift in the back of it, had been stolen Sunday night in Anaheim. The lift had been lowered and was being used to shear off the ATM at its foundation, police said.
The men had been unable to remove the ATM before the officer arrived, but police say they managed to cause about $40,000 in property damage.
Police arrested Herttua on suspicion of attempted grand theft, vandalism, resisting arrest, vehicle theft and hit-and-run.
Orange County Superior Court records show a man with the same name and birthdate as Herttua has had numerous run-ins with the law. The man pleaded guilty to vehicle theft charges in 1994 and 2003, as well as drug possession charges in 2005, 2008 and 2010.
Authorities still seek the second man, who they described as a white male with a thin build, about 170 pounds with a goatee who was wearing a black cap and a black pullover hooded sweat shirt.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact Cypress detectives at 714-229-6635.
By SEAN EMERY/ THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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