Police search for "backhoe bandit"

Police search for "backhoe bandit"

PINE PRAIRIE, LA (WAFB) - Police in a small Louisiana town are investigating a brazen "backhoe jacking" and attempted theft of an ATM.

It happened in the town of Pine Prairie, which is located in Evangeline Parish.

Investigators said it all started at the Pine Prairie Water Board, where the suspect apparently stole the only backhoe in the lot.

The person broke through a fence and took the heavy equipment for a joy ride.

The machine was then driven down to Sham's Bait and Tackle Shop.

Security cam video shows the thief plow through the front of the store and beeline for the ATM.

However, even the backhoe wasn't enough to rip out the machine.

Police are still searching for suspects.

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