Friday, July 30, 2010

ATM thefts in vogue in Atlanta

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 11:28 AM

First it was blue jeans, then it was flat-screen TVs — now Atlanta's smash-and-grab burglars have their eyes on ATMs.

The CVS on N. Highland Ave. — my preferred retailer of Camel cigarettes and Peanut M&Ms — was in shit shape this morning after four men in two minivans crashed through the front windows to access an ATM in the lobby around 3 a.m.

They weren't able to make off with the ATM (in fact, nothing was stolen), but they sure made a mess. According to the AJC — and a kindly CVS cashier — police located one of the vans used in the crime, but all four burglars got away.

The CVS incident was one of two unsuccessful ATM thefts this morning. The other took place at a Chevron station on Cambellton Rd. Police don't think the two incidents are related.

Since July 19 — when thieves made off with an ATM from Broadway Diner on Peachtree St. — there have been a half-dozen attempted and successful ATM thefts in Atlanta.

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