Manhunt Underway After ATM Burglary, Police Pursuit

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CLIVE, Iowa — Police are investigating a burglary that led to an hour long police chase overnight.

The incident started in Clive at Seven Flags Event Center at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

A suspect broke into the side door and was able to bring a truck inside the building. He then rammed two ATMs.

An officer responding to an unrelated call heard noises coming from the building and went to investigate. The officer was outside of his car when the suspect took off with an ATM in the truck and side-swiped the squad car.

“A truck fled out of the east overhead door of that building. Then drove directly at his squad car then rammed driver’s side of his squad car, while he was outside of his car. It disabled his car so he was unable to pursue," said  Michael G. Venema, Clive's Chief of Police.

“Two ATMs were there. We had two relatively big events last week. Who knows?” general manager, Doug Thornton, said.

Officers chased the suspect through West Des Moines. A second squad car was also hit during the pursuit.

The chase continued southbound in the northbound lanes of I-35. Officers were able to deflate the driver’s tires but he continued on the rims.

“He ran to Virginia, at that time a couple of tires were flattened and the engine was smoking really bad by the time they caught up to him,”says Mike Law, owner of stolen truck used in incident.

The pursuit came to an end after an hour between New Virginia and I-35 in Warren County and the driver took off on foot in a wooded area.

Police discovered the truck was stolen Monday evening from a business on Hickman Road. The owner hadn’t realized it was gone until officers contacted him.

“He hot-wired the truck. He ripped off the steering column," said Law on how the truck was stolen.

Clive police are looking through surveillance footage to help identify the man. Iowa State Patrol is assisting with the manhunt.

Law said the truck is in an impound lot and will be searched once a warrant is issued.

The suspect is still at large.



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