ATM theft suspect arrested, tells Metro Police he used cash to pay bills

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A 42-year-old man accused of stealing six ATMs and causing thousands of dollars in damage to businesses in the Valley has told police he used the money to pay bills.

In one incident, an entire storefront was demolished as an ATM was dragged out of Body Spa salons and wellness at 6670 S. Tenaya Way on November 11 shortly before 1:30 a.m. Damage was estimated at over $14,500.

According to a Metro Police arrest report, Scott West admitted details of the crimes when questioned after his Feb. 10 arrest at the Boulevard Mall. He had been found in an apartment at 4600 University Center Drive after Henderson police tried to arrest him in a suspected stolen 2011 Chevrolet Silverado on Jan. 6, but he fled from police.

Further investigation determined that the Silverado belonged to West and that the truck matched the description of a vehicle involved in a series of commercial robberies in Henderson and Las Vegas. In total, West is charged with burglaries at 10 businesses — four in Las Vegas and six in Henderson.

Metro Police report that two ATMs, a cash register and an entire kiosk have been stolen in burglaries in their jurisdiction. Another attempt to rob an ATM failed when the tow ropes broke as he tried to take the ATM, according to the arrest report. Other ATMs were taken from Henderson.

Officers discovered that West was on federal probation for forgery at the time. His probation officer helped the police with the identification.

West is being held in the Clark County Detention Center, facing one count of robbery ($1,200-$5,000), five counts of robbery ($5,000-$25,000) and two counts of attempted robbery ($5,000 – $25,000). He is due in court on February 23 at 8:30 a.m.

Other fees include:

  • one count of possessing burglary tools
  • three counts of conspiracy to commit burglary
  • one count of destruction of property ($250 to $5,000)
  • eight counts of destruction of property (one included)
  • seven counts of burglary of a company
  • two counts of attempted burglary of a business
  • a leader in attempted burglary of a structure

According to statements made to police in the arrest report, West had been fired. When he checked the wrong box on an unemployment claim, he didn’t get paid, he said. West told officers he was a smart guy and had a conscience, explaining that he never meant to hurt anyone or take anything from anyone.

Search warrants obtained for West’s phone number linked his whereabouts at the time of numerous burglaries, and search warrants for the apartment and a storage space revealed further evidence. Two crowbars and an ATM monitor were found under a recliner in the apartment, according to the report. The clothes West was wearing were found in another vehicle he was renting at the time.

Police questioned West about the damage to the spa:

“You jerked off the front of this,” an officer said.

“Yeah, I didn’t mean to do that,” West said.

He told the officers there was no money in that ATM and if anyone said otherwise, they were liars.

West also told police he would cut into the ATMs, take the cash, and throw the ATMs in dumpsters.

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