Wellesley police helped bust bank ATM theft ring

An alert Wellesley Police officer, conducting security checks of local businesses back in the wee hours of March 14, noticed suspicious vehicles behind some of them, including a Santander Bank ATM at 302 Washington St. It turned out the ATM had been broken into and suspects — who had cut wires to the alarm system and disabled the security camera — fled when the officer arrived, according to a Wellesley Police report on the incident. A possibly related car theft report later that morning got Wellesley Police detectives working with other law enforcement agencies across the state and New England to try to identify suspects in the attempted ATM theft. Fingerprints left on tools used by the suspects then led to the arrests — during early morning raids — of two men from Lawrence earlier this month who are believed to be part of a bigger ATM and electronics store theft ring.

Charges so far: Attempted larceny of a depository (ATM), two counts of receiving a stolen motor vehicle, possession of burglarious tools.

Two more suspects turned themselves in on Wednesday, according to the Lawrence Eagle Tribune, which quotes an assistant district attorney claiming the break-ins netted some $300K.