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Seattle police arrest two suspects linked to possibly 60 break-ins throughout city

Investigators said the suspects have stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and caused tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage to businesses.

SEATTLE — A pair of suspects possibly linked to 60 break-ins in the Seattle area and a series of ATM smash-and-grab burglaries were arrested Friday morning in Tukwila, according to the Seattle Police Department (SPD). 

Authorities have investigated upwards of 60 break-ins in the Seattle area where the suspects used trucks and heavy equipment to break into ATMs and cash registers.

Police arrested a 30- and 33-year-old man at a Tukwila motel Friday morning and impounded two vehicles.

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The suspects have stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and caused tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage to businesses, according to investigators.

Police said the two men were booked into the King County Jail for burglary, theft, malicious mischief and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Detectives are piecing together exactly how many thefts the suspects may be tied to.

Smash-and-grab robberies and ATM thefts have been an issue not just in Seattle but across the region in recent months. 

In late April, the Washington State Patrol said it was even seeing a rise in smash-and-grab robberies at trailheads on hikers' vehicles.