Serious Withdrawal

Late-night robberies. High-tech heists. Coercions, confessions and cover-ups. It's just business as usual at a Phoenix ATM company.

Like Koleski, Liss got sick of working for a company boiling over with stress. But former employees say their departure from Elyte was nowhere near as bad as Doyle's. Wheaton and others say they are willing to vouch for his character and speak out against the company -- and among those others is Michael Dellheim, the ex-partner who had sent the police to Doyle's house that July afternoon.

In a telephone interview with New Times, Dellheim recanted his accusations against his former partner, claiming that Elyte interrogators pressured him into admitting that his partner must have grabbed the cash while he wasn't paying attention.

"They literally had me broke down in tears," he says now. "They were looking for someone to blame it on. . . . I didn't know what else to do. And I knew the only way I could get 'em out of there was to just tell them what they wanted to hear."

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What Elyte wanted to hear, Dellheim says, was that he turned his back on his partner as Doyle worked in the machine, giving him the opportunity to steal.

"They showed me some pictures and whatever to see if I could point out if anything he was holding was money. I looked at all the pictures and nothing in there showed him holding money of any kind," he says. "What they were looking for was an excuse, and they found it through me."

Even before Dellheim's interrogation, however, Wheaton says Doyle's ouster was a foregone conclusion. "I did on a number of occasions hear [Elyte executives] say they wanted him out," he states. "It was because he knew too much about them, which translates to the business and all the goings-on."

In the months following Dellheim's accusation, police continued to investigate the case. But the evidence against Doyle failed to impress county prosecutors, and no charges were ever filed.

Now Dellheim wants to apologize to his partner for what happened, but Doyle refuses to take his calls. Doyle would rather have an apology from Elyte. Instead, he's got a lawsuit.

As part of his crusade to vindicate himself and expose Elyte, Doyle has been visiting all the major banks Elyte works for, telling them about all the thefts that have occurred. Apparently, the information has made little difference to the banks, which claim to have no problems with the ATM company. But it certainly has made a difference to his old employer.

Last month, Elyte filed suit against Doyle alleging that he stole $50,000, and further claiming that Elyte "has suffered losses and damages . . . including damages to its reputation among the customers it serves."

Elyte would not comment on the lawsuit, except to say that the company has evidence of a series of thefts by Doyle, including the now-recanted accusation from Doyle's partner.

Sitting on his couch at home, in the room that Phoenix police entered two years ago before they searched his safe for wads of $20 bills, Doyle refuses to let his guard down again, like he did the night he was called by Elyte to respond to an ATM that was missing money.

"They want me to shut up, but I'm not going to lay back," he says.

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Elyte ATM and security has commited crimes and covered up evidence. There is obviously a serious history to theft in the organization. They should lose their state licenses and be shut down. Elyte Services LLC has started a security company in Albuquerque New Mexico where they have already been sued twice this year. Enough is enough. These crooks need to go to jail.

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