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Police: Houston Man Uses Forklift to Steal ATM Machine

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A forklift was the tool of choice for one Houston man accused of stealing an ATM. (credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

A forklift was the tool of choice for one Houston man accused of stealing an ATM. (credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Whether he meant it or not, one Houston-area man fought back against rising ATM service charges by using a forklift.

Harris County Police arrested and charged 40-year-old Orphey Wilson with two first-degree felonies, stemming from allegations of him using a stolen forklift to load a Spring Bank of America ATM into a stolen U-Haul early Monday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

A witness said he saw the suspect allegedly loading a Bank of America ATM into the back of a U-Haul truck. Wilson was arrested less than a mile from the scene.

Wilson is being charged with theft of more than $200,000 and criminal mischief, each charge possibly resulting in punishments between five to 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, according to media reports.

“We have had it happen in the past, but this is the first time where we’ve actually caught the individual and recovered the property,” Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Assistant Chief Mark Herman told the Chronicle, describing the frequency of ATM thefts in the area.

This latest alleged incident is nothing new for Wilson, whose background also includes two separate jail sentences for the exact same charges, according to criminal records.

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