First they looted, then they littered.
An ATM found in the woods near Joliet's southwest side is the same machine boosted from near the Bean sculpture in Millennium Park, Chicago police said Tuesday.
Less than a day after the cash machine was pilfered from a restaurant vestibule, a severely damaged machine turned up in the woods.
"We don't know if this is connected to the one they found," an officer told the Herald News Sunday evening.
Joilet detectives are on the case.
Two Waste Management workers found the abandoned cash machine while driving along Mound Road shortly after 11 a.m. Friday.
When the men pulled over to inspect their find, they saw that the cash macine had been damaged.
"The ATM was cut open with a cutting torch and was in several pieces," according to a police report. No phone number was found on the inside.
A tow truck hauled the pieces of the dismembered ATM to the police department's evidence garage. Paperwork found strewn about the cash machine also was taken as evidence.
According to the Herald News, one of the Waste Management employees who discovered the ATM, Rick Walsh, believes the cash machine he found Friday was not the first to turn up around Mound Road during his 20 years working in the area.
"It seems to me," Walsh said, "and I can't recall when, but there was another one pitched back there too."