A Tustin man made his first court appearance Tuesday in connection with a series of ATM thefts in Orange County, authorities said.
Daniel Eamon Sweeny, 40, was suspected of stealing up to two dozen ATM Machines in the past year, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
He was arrested on Sunday following an investigation into the theft of an ATM machine that was stolen from a Laguna Niguel business in February, according to the release.
“During the preliminary investigation, a suspect vehicle description was obtained resulting in a patrol deputy making a traffic stop which led to a short pursuit,” the release stated. “The suspect driver fled the vehicle on foot, eluding capture by deputies. A subsequent investigation resulted in forensic evidence linking Sweeny to the vehicle.”
In recent weeks, investigators observed Sweeny driving around in the early morning hours in an apparent attempt to case commercial buildings as possible future targets, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
He was later taken into custody after being seen driving an allegedly stolen Jeep Grand Cherokee in the Mission Viejo area, the release said.
Sweeny was booked into county jail on suspicion of possessing stolen property and was being held on $500,000 bail, according to the release.
An investigation into the ATM theft case was ongoing. Anyone with information was asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 714-647-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227.
KTLA’s Chip Yost contributed to this report.