Posted: Thursday, December 6th 2012 at 11:47am
ATM machine taken in 'smash-and-grab' burglary
WINDER – "Smash–and-grab" was the modus operandi for thieves in Barrow County early Monday morning according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lieutenant Matt Guthas.
The smash was accomplished by "a white flatbed pick-up truck", Guthas explained; the item grabbed was a full-sized ATM machine.
It all happened at a closed Chevron gas station at the intersection of Georgia Highways 53 and 316 around 5:30AM.
Thieves drove through the glass front of the business and wrestled the machine into their vehicle before fleeing the scene.
"A lot of time...ATM owners will bolt the machines to the floor," Guthas said. "I this case this particular machine was not bolted to the floor."
Guthas said that two persons of interest have been identified in connection with the theft and investigators are attempting to locate and interview them.
"Our investigators...are not disclosing at this time (the amount of money taken) because that... could be a vital piece of information that...could be an important piece of evidence," Guthas added.
The machine was later located in Jackson County where it had been forcibly opened and emptied.
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