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Caught on Camera: Brazen ATM theft
NORWOOD, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- A thief barreled through the front of a convenience store in a stolen tow truck in a bungled attempt to steal an ATM machine, police said Thursday.
The entire incident was captured by the store's surveillance cameras. Ronald Payne, 37, was dressed in a bright yellow rain suit on April 9 when he backed the stolen tow truck through the front window of the AmeriStop on Alliston St., the surveillance video showed. A neighbor getting ready for work heard the crash and called 911
"They're trying to rob the ATM machine! They got a tow truck," the neighbor told the 911 dispatcher.
It was just before 5 a.m. when the video showed Payne struggling to load the ATM onto the flat bed.
"The individual actually tries to pick up the ATM machine, it's a smaller unit, attempts several times, almost two or three minutes to put it on the back of this stolen truck. But the ATM is still connected to the phone line and he struggles with it," Norwood Police Det. Jeff Kilby said.
Payne eventually ripped down the telephone line and put the machine on the back of the truck, Kilby said. But, as he tried to pull out of the parking lot the ATM fell off of the flatbed.
"The first officer to respond was only a couple of blocks away and when he got there he actually observed the truck exiting the lot - or attempting to exit the lot - with the ATM machine on the back of the truck," Det. Kilby said.
Payne ran and officers caught him in a nearby yard. Even if Payne had made a clean get away, he wouldn't have gotten much. There wasn't any money in the ATM.
Payne remains in the Hamilton Co. Justice Center in lieu of $80,000 cash bond. He faces charges of receiving stolen property, vandalism and breaking and entering. He was charged in February with trafficking in marijuana and weapons under disability.
"This is a desperate act by a desperate individual," Det. Kilby said.
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