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It would be beneath LAist to deny the fact that every so often we've fantasized about hijacking an ATM machine to assist us in our monthly woes of debt. Unfortunately, it seems as though another group of well-organized hoodlums have beat us to it.According to the Los Angeles Times, "...an automated teller machine was stolen from a gas station early Sunday, the third such theft in Orange County since mid-August."

The machine, which was stolen from an Arco just before 4:00 AM, had all the signs of previous thefts -- including the fact that all of the ATMs were hauled away in a matter of seconds, piled into the back of an SUV.

LAist is glad to see that the evil SUVs of society are no longer just being categorized as gas-guzzling-metal-behemoths-from-Hell or being dubbed "the cause of the hellish gas prices countrywide." Now, SUV's are the co-conspirators in an on-going ring of clever ATM thefts. Really, could things get any worse for our friends the H3 and the Cayenne?

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We also must sheepishly give props to our uncatchable friends involved in the current ATM thefts. Currently on the ride of their lives, they have boosted three ATM machines and have yet to make any stupid mistakes, leave any identifying clues, or get nabbed by lookie-loo witnesses. They have made the SUV the primary constant, vilifying it in the process.

What will their next move be? Will they continue to hack away at the SUV's sheen, involving it in an ongoing string of thefts? Or will they choose to change their M.O., opting for a more thrifty get-away vehicle that is not-so-hated among trendmakers and economists? Will they graduate from ATMs to free-standing film processing booths? Only time will tell.

LAist can't wait to see what happens next, in what some (us) are calling, The ATM Banditos.