Who was that masked man?
That's what Buena Park Police are asking after a man in a white mask tried but failed to steal an ATM
from the Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel lobby.
Nearby residents' reports of a possible explosion at the hotel led police there just before 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Officers discovered a small explosive device had detonated on the south lawn of the Amber Waves
Restaurant & Bar, prompting hotel employees to go outdoors to investigate.
Now, police believe that blast, possibly produced by fireworks, was a diversion.
Grainy surveillance video shows a masked man trying to remove the ATM on the north side of the hotel property at the time everyone was looking into the boom-boom on the south side.
The video shows the would-be thief attaching one end of a yellow tow rope to a vehicle and the other end to the money machine.
“It looked like he had it hooked up and was going to pull it out with
the vehicle, but never yanked it,” Buena Park
Police Sgt. William Kohanek tells the Orange County Register.
That's probably because an employee saw a SUV backed up near the hotel lobby's double-doored front entrance, went to see what was up and startled the ATM taker, who was described as wearing a dark long-sleeve
shirt, a dark wig, a white mask and red gloves.