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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Burglars drive minivan through Sweet Auburn Curb Market's main doorway, steal ATM

Nearly a half-dozen robbers this morning stole an ATM machine from Sweet Auburn Curb Market, the historic food court and grocery home to establishments such as Bell Street Burritos, Grindhouse Killer Burgers, and Miss D's New Orleans Pralines and Popcorn.

According to an Atlanta Police report, the suspects "forcibly" drove a Dodge Caravan through the Edgewood Avenue market's main entrance around 4:55 a.m. Once inside, the video surveillance footage shows the vehicle repeatedly battering the ATM loose.

"About 6 males in total who participated in the incident," APD spokeswoman Kim Jones tells CL. "The camera footage showed the males dragging the ATM machine out of the business by the extension cord and placing it into the bed of a red pickup truck."

CBS Atlanta's Rebekka Schramm posted a photo this morning from one of the market's security cameras:

Jones says that all the businesses were closed when the robbery occurred and no occupants were present. At the moment, the suspects currently remain on the loose.

Despite needing thousands of dollars worth of repairs, Sweet Auburn Curb Market is actually open today - just don't use its front door. They've also shared a photo of the minivan inside the market and joked in a Facebook post: "Someone was so anxious to get some of Miss D's pralines, they couldn't wait for the market to open!"

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