Masked men steal lobby ATMs from five Houston Marriott hotels
Houston police believe the same group of masked men is responsible for the theft of ATMs from the lobbies of five hotels over the past six days, including four over the last four nights.
Police Robbery Division Lt Cathy Richards says in all five heists the last three at Marriott hotels the cash machines were not secured to a floor or wall and the gang simply carried them to a waiting vehicle.
She says the men target the hotels in the middle of the night, go straight in, remove the ATM and leave via the front door.
There's no estimate of the amount of money taken. No one has been hurt, but in the most recent robbery early yesterday one of the men was carrying a machete.