Walla Walla man arrested in attempted ATM card theft

Andrew S. Loughlin allegedly tried to take a bank customer's card while the customer was at a drive-up ATM.

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WALLA WALLA -- A Walla Walla man was arrested Saturday after attempting to take an ATM card from a bank customer, authorities said. Andrew S. Loughlin, 25, of 201 McAuliff St., was booked into Walla Walla County Jail on suspicion of second-degree attempted theft and second-degree attempted robbery.

Loughlin is believed to have tried to rob a customer who going to access the Banner Bank cash machine, 600 W. Ninth Ave., about 4:50 p.m., according to a Walla Walla Police Department report.

Detective Marlon Calton said the bank customer was in his vehicle and going to get money from an automatic cash machine when the suspect approached his vehicle and tried to get his ATM card.

The man was able to back up and roll up his window, and when it seemed that the suspect might try to enter the vehicle, the man drove to a bank teller's drive-up window and reported what had happened.

Police detained Loughlin nearby after he matched the suspect description, and he was taken to jail. Calton said the customer was not injured, no weapons were involved and no property was taken.

Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com or 526-8317. Check out her blog at blogs.ublabs.org/schoolhousemissives.

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