Mountain View police are searching for suspects in a smash-and-grab burglary who crashed a truck into the Shoreline Golf Links clubhouse to steal an ATM.
The burglary reportedly occurred early Tuesday morning when Michael's at Shoreline, the clubhouse restaurant, was untended. Police officials say a flatbed work truck stolen out of Cupertino was used to smash through the restaurant's glass doors. The suspects apparently loaded up the ATM from the restaurant's front lobby and absconded with it.
Around 4:30 a.m., Mountain View police officials received multiple calls linked to the crime. An employee arriving at Michael's discovered the smashed doors and reported the missing ATM. Around the same time, security guards from Google phoned in to report they had found the same ATM abandoned in one of the company's parking lots at 1900 Charleston Ave.
When it was discovered, the ATM was damaged with burn marks, likely from attempts to crack it open. Police officials declined to say whether any money was stolen out of the ATM.
About a quarter-mile from Michael's, police also discovered the stolen truck used in the crime. The truck was left a good distance from where the ATM was abandoned.
The Shoreline Golf Links clubhouse is leased to Michael's but the building is owned by the city of Mountain View. City officials could not immediately give an estimate on the cost of damage to the building.
"The front doors are just gone completely," said Steve Achabal, city recreation supervisor. "The cost of the damage done to the building is probably more than what was in the ATM."
A Michael's employee said the restaurant would be closed for the rest of the day for repairs.
Police officials say they are continuing to investigate the crime.