Police identify car used in Hammond ATM theft

Hammond police say they have identified a vehicle possibly used in a burglary early Tuesday at the state Office of Motor Vehicles branch in Hammond in which the vehicle backed into the building and left with an automated teller machine.

Police believe someone drove a white 2012 Nissan Altima into the building, located at 1320 N. Morrison Blvd., before leaving with the machine, Police Lt. Vincent Giannobile said in a news release.

The Altima was seen around 2 a.m. leaving the parking lot of Times Square, where the office is located, Giannobile said.

Albany police received a complaint at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday of a white 2012 Nissan Altima, with a Louisiana license plate of WHE946, being stolen on Brent Alien Street in Albany, Giannobile said.

Investigators believe the vehicle reported stolen was the same one used in the burglary, Giannobile said. Investigators also believe the car will have a moderate amount of damage to its rear after backing into the building, Giannobile said.

Giannobile said police still do not have a description of the car’s occupants.

Anyone with information about this vehicle is asked to call the Hammond Police Department at (985) 277-5755 or Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at 1 (800) 554-JAIL (5245).