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CARD IN AXED TELLER MACHINE LEADS TO ARREST

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A Cedar City man was arrested after police allegedly found his bank card inside a teller machine that had been attacked with an ax.

Police Lt. Glen Miller said the machine sustained about $3,000 in damage Sunday when, after it refused to grant a cash withdrawal or return the card, it apparently was struck several times with an ax.Robert Peebles, 50, was booked into jail for investigation of a felony criminal mischief charge. Bail was set at $1,000, authorities said.

Miller said a man went to the Zion's Bank outdoor bank teller machine about 11 a.m. Sunday. When an effort was made to withdraw money from a trust fund, the machine would not comply. When the request was punched in several more times, the machine confiscated the card.

Investigators believe the disgruntled patron then used an ax on the machine, which transmitted a distress call over a pager to a bank official, who in turn notified police.

When officers Cliff Shotwell and Ronnie Judkins arrived, the ax wielder had vanished. A man was arrested later.