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One arrested in ATM heist
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One man has been arrested and charged with the theft of the ATM from Essex Bank early Wednesday.

Nathan E. Thomas, 44, of Atlanta has been charged with two counts of theft by taking and one count of criminal damage to property. He is hospitalized with injuries detectives believe were sustained during the theft.

The ATM was taken after someone.stole a truck and forklift and snatched the machine, police said earlier. Officers from the Covington Police Department found an abandoned red Dodge Ram truck and a forklift in nearby woods.The ATM, stolen from Essex Bank on Ga. Highway 142, was in the truck's bed.

According to a press release, the truck was stolen from a Gwinnett County location and the forklift from a location close to the bank.

According to Covington Police Capt. Ken Malcom, the investigation continues.

"We believe there are definitely other people involved in this and we are still working to develop leads in order to make additional arrests."

Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the police at (770) 385-6430 or online at All tips can be given anonymously.