JAMESTOWN – A 34-year-old man from Jamestown faces charges over his alleged role in the attempted theft of deposits from the night vault of a local bank. A woman also seen on ATM surveillance video has been identified but is not facing any charges, Jamestown Police said in a press release.
Police were looking for the couple following an unsuccessful attempt to rob the Lake Shore Savings Bank in Jamestown early Saturday morning. It was believed to be one of three that involved the use of a device inside nightclubs at local banks.
According to Captain Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department, investigators were able to recover several of the devices – which ended up being rat traps with string or wire attached.
“It should also be noted that all of the attempts that have been made have all been unsuccessful as bank vaults are all designed to allow drops to enter but virtually impossible to exit the way it entered which is the safety design of the boxes, “ Samuelson said.
An investigation, along with advice from the community, ultimately identified Dakota J. Kaltenbach and the woman, who was not named by police. The local man was taken into police custody on Wednesday afternoon for attempted theft and third degree falsification. He was brought to justice in Jamestown City Court and later released.
An investigation into the other early spring theft attempts is continuing and charges are awaited for the incidents, JPD said.
The motive for the attempted thefts may be drug related, Samuelson said. “This is an unfortunate sign of our current drug situation, where users are increasingly desperate to obtain funds for their drug use habits,” he said.