The Athens Banner-Herald reports Tuesday that a man who was looking for poachers on his land found the machine Monday morning.
It was still in the bed of a pickup truck that was stolen from an Athens used car lot the same day the Wachovia ATM was swiped. The machine was busted open and the money was gone.
Officials say a well-organized gang of thieves stole the machine July 20 and has stolen more than a dozen ATMs since December 2007.
A stolen forklift was used to wrench the ATM from its foundation and load it into the truck. Bank ATMs can contain $10,000 or more.
Wachovia is offering up to $20,000 for information leading to the thieves’ arrest.