Eureka Springs Detective Morris Pate said two men made a phony front that looked, at first glance, like the genuine deposit slot and glued it to the front of the real slot at about 9 p.m. Saturday night.
Then, they waited nearby as at least five people from local businesses made their deposits between Saturday night and early Sunday morning.Pate
said the bank, on Highway 62, will not be identified until further investigation.He
said the thieves have not yet been identified, but there is surveillance video to work from.He
said a similar bank heist took place recently in Branson, Mo.Pate
said the amount of money lost is not yet known, pending further investigation.He
refused to name the bank or the location of the night deposit box.
The thefts were discovered about 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.Pate
said the two men covered their heads and faces most of the time.
Their vehicle was described as a 1993 teal green Ford Escort station wagon with no license plates, Pate
said it is believed the thieves took down the false front, which may have been made of sheet metal, sometime around 11:30 a.m Sunday morning.
During the heist, as each depositor arrived and put their deposits into the fake slot, the thieves would soon come up to the site and take the deposit.
They took each deposit every time a customer would drop one off, Pate
explained that the fake front didn't appear to be good in quality, but apparently the customers didn't take a very close look at the slot as they made their deposits.Pate
said the box is used mostly by local businesses.
The fake piece was put in place by a strong glue or perhaps an industrial adhesive.
"They knew they were on video tape," Pate
said, so they were careful to conceal their identity.
However, one frame of the surveillance video shows part of the face of the driver, who appeared to have red hair.Pate
said both suspects were white males.
Anyone who saw the vehicle or has any information on the theft is urged to call police at (479) 253-8666.
More information will be released as the investigation progresses, Pate