Gang Steals Cash-Filled ATMs in Brazen Heist

Dec 26, 2013 3:53pm

An organized crew of thieves crashed a van through the plate glass window of an Atlanta-area Department of Motor Vehicles office, making off with two ATM machines and potentially thousands of dollars in a brazen early morning burglary, police said.

Five thieves stole two vans from a Chick-fil-A distribution center early this morning, said Cliff Chandler, spokesman for the East Point police. They drove to a Georgia state DMV office in East Point, Ga., crashing one of the trucks into the building to gain access, and using the second vehicle as a getaway car.

“We know some planning had to go into this,” said Chandler. “They knew to bring two vehicles that would be heavy enough to breach the structure and strong enough to support the weight of the ATMs. And they knew to bring enough people to carry off the ATMs.”

The robbery, which occurred around 4:30 a.m., lasted just minutes, Chandler said. The thieves left the first van inside the building and fled in the second. A security guard at the scene was making rounds at the time of the breach and called police. By the time cops arrived, the thieves were gone.

An hour and a half later, cops found the second van with the ATMs inside abandoned and set on fire. Police will not say whether the thieves were able to gain access to the cash inside the machines’ fortified safes.

There are currently no named suspects and no arrests have been made.

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Five men reportedly crashed a van into a Department of Motor Vehicle office in Atlanta, Ga. on Dec. 26, 2013, stealing two ATMs. (WSB-TV/ABC News)

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