An ATM worker put a satchel of cash on the side of the curb where he and his partner were working on an ATM machine and when done, they drove off without it. When the man realized what he had done, he went back to look for the bag with $150K cash inside, but it was gone.
Police watched surveillance cameras from area businesses and it just so happened that a high-end auto detailing company across the street from the ATM machine had more than an ample amount of surveillance cameras giving law enforcement some good views. The video showed a van go past the bag and make a U-turn and come back to it, according to Sports Act on July 31.
A man gets out of the van and picks up the bag then scoops it into the van and gets back in. Off they go with $150,000 worth of ATM money, a heck of a windfall, even though it was an illegal find. Police couldn’t get a registration tag number off the video because the van was never at the right angle, but when they went back further on the tapes they saw the van was parked in the car company’s parking lot as the two men fished tires out of the dumpster, according to KSL News today. These shots offered up the info they needed.
According to Police Chief James Batelli, after searching the license plate data base in New Jersey, the van’s owner and address where the van was registered were found. Detectives in Mahwah, New Jersey were notified and they watched for the men.
The driver was found driving a new Chevy Tahoe that he had purchased the same day he plucked the bag off the curb. The sticker price for that vehicle starts at $46,000 and he purchased it with cash. Alton Harvey, 42, of Hillside was arrested for theft of mislaid property. His partner in crime is still at large and the police are looking for Jamar A. Bludson, 35, of Newark, who was the passenger in the van that picked up the money. A warrant is issued for his arrest for theft of mislaid property.
Harvey was incarcerated at the Bergen County Jail and he is being held on $125,000 bond, with no 10 percent option. Harvey has an extensive record with 10 felony convictions, including arrests for weapons and narcotics charges, escape, and resisting arrest. Authorities ask that anyone who knows Bludson’s whereabouts to please contact the Mahwah Police Department at 201-529-1000. Bludson is also wanted on a probation warrant.
Some folks suggested that maybe this ATM worker was involved in this crime somehow because questions on how someone can just forget $150,000 in cash by the side of the road. The police were adamant that their investigation did not find the ATM worker in on this.
They said he was so distraught over the loss of the money that he ended up being treated for anxiety when he started to hyperventilate once learning his mistake. One officer said that for the average guy $150,000 is a ton of money, but the ATM workers are dealing in sums much more than this on a daily basis, so basically it was like leaving behind a tool of their trade.