The Omaha Police Department and other law enforcement agencies helped crack a huge ATM theft ring that was based in Douglas County. The investigation started in 2013 when evidence led to the arrest and conviction of Larry Gordon for burglary. After his arrest the thefts continued.
The investigation determined that the same group of suspects was traveling outside of Omaha to commit additional ATM burglaries. The suspects are believed to be involved in more than 50 ATM burglaries and activities in seven states – Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Colorado.
Omaha Police Sgt. Meg Fricke says, “They would use a vehicle and attach a chain and pull it right out of building. They will take the ATM machine and later remove the cash inside.”
On March 26th of this year, suspects in the case were arrested in Douglas County for theft by receiving and criminal conspiracy. They are identified as Darnell Gordon, Lyle Gordon, Wakonda Hazel and Kentrell Reed. Later that same week, Bajah Pittman was arrested as an accessory to a felony. Isaiah Brown was arrested in April for burglary and receiving stolen items. Reed and Brown have been federally indicted on charges relating to this investigation.
Omaha police say the size and scope of this investigation is enormous. Additional indictments are expected for other conspirators in this series of thefts.