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  • Independence police seek person of interest in ATM thefts

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  • Independence police are seeking a person of interest in the recent ATM thefts in the Kansas City area.
    Independence police have identified George S. Schrand, 32, of Kansas City as a person of interest in the string of thefts, which include ATMs in Independence and Blue Springs, over the last five months.
    Schrand, is described a 6 feet tall, 185 pounds with hazel eyes (see accompanying photo). Schrand also has outstanding arrest warrants from Clay County for felonious restraint and assault and by the Missouri Department of Probation and Parole for a parole violation.
    On March 26, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office asked for help in identifying suspects in the string of ATM thefts.
    From November through March, the suspects have attempted 10 ATM thefts and succeeded on seven of those attempts, including ATMs in Blue Springs and Independence. The latest theft attempt was March 26 at the Enterprise Bank on East Valley View Parkway in Independence.
    The suspects have used a large pickup truck or SUV with a tow strap or chain tied around the ATM to pull it off its moorings or to use various tools to pry it open. In the latest photos from the Enterprise Bank theft, it appears to be a male and a female using a large, white Ford pickup truck.
    Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Schrand or any information regarding these case is asked to call Independence police at 816-325-7330 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
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