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Bungled ATM Theft Caught on Camera
DELHI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- A pair of burglars tried to steal an ATM from a Delhi convenience store early Thursday morning but failed when they couldn't get the machine to budge.
The thieves backed a silver GMC Yukon up to window of Duebber's Pony Keg at 4 a.m. One thief broke a window and tossed a tow strap over the ATM. The other end was tied to the vehicle. The driver of the SUV tried to pull the ATM from the store by accelerating but the strap broke and the ATM remained in place.
"You know, you feel totally violated," said store owner Marc Duebber.
He added, "Long days and long hours that you work and here comes somebody looking for a freebie. You know, get a job."
Duebber's surveillance system captured the burglars' futile attempt to pull the ATM out of the store by hand. The machine was bolted to the floor.
The pair gave up and took off but they left behind clues.
The cameras also captured an image of one man as he carefully moved firewood away from the window he later broke. The convenience store is connected to the Duebber's auto repair shop. The thieves stole a customer's license plate and attached it to their SUV. It's an Ohio plate with the number FHR7497.
"I would think it's pretty brazen to go and try to pull something like this off," said Delhi Twp. Police Chief Jim Howarth.
Delhi Twp. detectives are comparing notes with other departments that are investigating stolen ATM's. Police in Campbell County, Kentucky believe the same duo tried unsuccessfully to steal an ATM earlier this week.
ATM-related thefts have been reported in the last year in Madeira, Norwood and along Kellogg Ave.
"We're working all angles to see if there are similar MO's," Howarth said.
Marc Duebber's ATM is out of order for now. But he doesn't believe the people who tried to steal it will be on the run for long.
"It's a good thing for us these guys are sloppy. They're really sloppy. So they're going to get caught. They're real close to getting caught," Duebbers said.
Anyone with information about the break-in can call Delhi Twp. Police or Crime Stoppers at 513.352.3040.
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