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Two Kingsport men arrested after one tries to drag ATM from store using Honda Accord

Timesnews.net Staff • Sep 25, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Two Kingsport residents are arrested following an early Sunday morning burglary attempt by one of the men and an unknown subject accused of trying to drag an ATM machine from a local business, using a logging chain hooked from the machine to their vehicle.

Pablo Ibanez, 105 Anco Place No. 6, and Keith Tester, Anco Place No. 9, were located after police found a Honda Accord at Anco Place that matched the description of a vehicle witnesses had seen leaving the area of Walgreen's, 3900 Fort Henry Drive, and flee north on Moreland Drive around 6:30 a.m.

KPD investigators determined Ibanez and an unknown subject allegedly broke a window and wrapped a logging chain around an ATM machine and attempted unsuccessfully to drag it from the store using the older model Accord.

Police say Ibanez confessed to the burglary and attempted theft of the ATM as well as his part in a separate incident Sep. 1 at Lime Light on West Stone Drive. He also implicated Tester in the Lime Light burglary.

Police say most of the stereo equipment Lime Light owner Olivia Swafford reported stolen, over $10,000 worth, has been recovered.

Police say Tester admitted to his part in the Lime Light burglary and theft.

Ibanez is charged with two counts of burglary, theft over $10,000 and attempted theft over $1,000 in connection to the Walgreens and Lime Light burglaries.

Tester is charged with burglary and theft over $10,000 in connection to the Lime Light burglary.

The pair are scheduled to appear in General Sessions court at 1 p.m. Thursday.

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