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Not guilty plea from ATM heist suspect

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A man accused of stealing an ATM from a College-area coffee house pleaded not guilty today to charges of grand theft and receiving stolen property.

Scott Thomas Bishop, 50, was free on bail when he arrived at the downtown courthouse Thursday for arraignment, but was nowhere to be found when his case was called.

A judge revoked Bishop's $20,000 bond and issued a $50,000 arrest warrant. Bishop returned to the courtroom a short time later on the advice of attorney Frederick McClelland and was taken into custody.

McClelland told Judge Francis Devaney today that Bishop left Thursday when he thought he was being filmed by television news crews.

"I advised him to come back," the attorney told the judge.

Devaney agreed to set aside the bail forfeiture and reinstated Bishop on his $20,000 bond. A readiness conference was set for Nov. 6 and a preliminary hearing for Nov. 30.

Bishop is accused of pulling the automatic teller machine from its moorings and stealing it from the Daily Grind Coffee House and Cafe on El Cajon Boulevard around 6 a.m. Sept. 16, said San Diego police Sgt. Ray Battrick.

Witnesses saw a tall man and a blond woman walking off with the ATM on a hand cart. About an hour later, most of the emptied cash dispenser was found dumped near Jamacha Boulevard in Spring Valley.

Bishop was arrested that night when a special weapons and tactics team found parts of the stolen ATM, but no money, while serving a search warrant at a home in Spring Valley, according to San Diego police.

No information was available on the other suspect.

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