Officers were called to the Park Place Tower, 655 Irving Park Road, around 6:30 this morning after someone stumbled across the machine, abandoned in a parking garage stairwell.
Police say the machine was heavily damaged in the failed heist and, while there were a substantial number of pry marks, it did not appear that the bandits succeeded in accessing cash. (Case HY140213)
Detectives are trying to determine if the brazen theft attempt is connected to a series of burglaries across the North Side in which safes have been stolen from businesses, including Aldi grocery stores.
What Would Jesus Do?
The victim told police that an assailant with a distinctive tattoo pulled a knife and robbed him as he made a delivery in the 3900 block of Pine Grove around 7:30PM.
According to the victim, the offender is male, black, in his late 20's or early 30's, 5'11" tall, and 160 pounds. He "had a lot of hair on his head," was well dressed, wore a black button down coat, blue jeans, and black and white gym shoes.
His knife-wielding right hand sported a cross-shaped tattoo--and the tips of the cross have points on them.