Montgomery County police are looking for thieves who tried to remove an ATM machine with a backhoe.

Around 2 a.m. Tuesday, police received a call from security officials saying that thieves in gloves and masks were trying to steal an ATM at the Bank of America at 10217 River Road in Potomac.

The security officials were watching the crime on surveillance cameras from a remote location. The thieves wrapped a steel chain around the ATM, yanked it from the outer wall and tried to put onto a bed of a pickup truck.

By the time police arrived, the suspects had fled, leaving the ATM, backhoe and pick-up truck. The ATM was suspended over the bed of the pick-up truck.

Investigators believe that the backhoe and truck are stolen. They are not releasing surveillance images at this time for investigative reasons.

Anyone with information about this crime can call police at 301-657-0112. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest or indictment in this case.

-- Scott McCabe