BRENTWOOD, Calif. (KRON) — Authorities are investigating a thief who used a stolen tractor on Friday morning to remove an ATM from the front of a Wells Fargo Bank in Brentwood, police said in a press release.

The incident happened around 4:40 a.m. at 2540 San Creek Road where witnesses saw the tractor remove the ATM away from its intended location at that Wells Fargo branch.

Businesses nearby suffered damage and crews have been working throughout the day to make repairs.

Police recovered the ATM about 200 yards away from the Wells Fargo, and the machine was fully intact — no money was stolen, the release said.

The tractor was found abandoned in an open field at the dead-end of Sand Creek Road west of Highway 4.

“Honestly, I was shocked,” said Brentwood resident Kamila Cox. “The gas prices are sky rocketing, so I’m thinking that people are just really getting desperate for money to survive.” 

Cox has lived in Brentwood for 15 years and came to the shopping plaza Friday to see the damage for herself.

She wondered if the sharp rise of the U.S. inflation rate is to blame for the crime.

Even if desperation is the motive, police said the thief was risking serious injury to themselves and others.

No arrests have been made, and authorities have not identified a suspect.