PALO ALTO, Calif. – A man charged this week with stealing three Stanford FCU ATMs is believed to be responsible for others of the almost 120 ATM thefts in the Bay Area over the past year-and-a-half.

The machines, stolen from last November to March, were recovered in separate locations and as much as $140,000 in cash was missing, according to Palo Alto Det. Brian Philip, who is investigating the case.

The suspect, Juan Cortinas, 32, is believed to be part of a team of burglars who may be responsible for a number of the ATMs from the Monterey to the North Bay, from 100 to 120, according to Det. Philip. “He couldn’t have acted alone. They weigh between 1,200 and 1,400 pounds each,” he told Credit Union Journal yesterday. Authorities have recovered vehicles and tools they believe were used in the thefts, he added.

Cortinas is being held with no bail and has been charged with violation of parole on previous burglary and theft charges.

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