Two Ponchatoula men were arrested Thursday (Dec. 14) after authorities said they rammed a stolen pickup truck into an ATM machine at a Tangipahoa Parish supermarket in a foiled effort to steal the cash dispensing device.
Alfred Cobb, 25, and Leonard Williams, 33, were taken into custody around 8:30 a.m. after leading Tangipahoa Parish deputies on a chase. Various charges are pending against both men, the Sheriff’s Office reported in a news release.
At around 2 a.m., Deputy Brandon Trammell while on patrol observed a black Ford F350 backed up to an ATM in the parking lot of the Loranger Supermarket. Upon investigating, the deputy observed two men trying to load the ATM into the back of the pickup truck, the Sheriff’s office said.
As Trammell approached, the men jumped into the truck and fled, leaving the ATM behind. Deputies pursued the F350 until it crashed into a fence at a park on H. Cologne Road. Both men then got out of the truck and ran into a wooded area near the park, according to the news release.
Deputies established a perimeter and the area was saturated with law enforcement officers in an effort to keep the suspects contained. At around 8:15 a.m. detectives walking around the perimeter spotted the men near Overmier Road and Louisiana 40.
When “contact was attempted,” the men bolted back into the wooded area. They were apprehended a short time later, the Sheriff’s Office reported.
While processing the crime scene at the supermarket, investigators determined that the men had rammed the truck into the ATM machine to free it from its foundation. They also learned that the Ford F350 had been stolen in Kenner and had a stolen license plate, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Kenner Police Department with an investigation into the stolen pick-up, as well as multiple vehicles stolen in Kenner and recovered in Tangipahoa.