Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Two more ATMs stolen -- Mobile, AL

Smash-and-grab thieves plowed a car through the windows of two gas stations early this morning, taking automated teller machines from both locations, Mobile police said.

The incidents happened at the Chevron station at 4444 Government Blvd. about 3:10 a.m. and the Chevron at 3110 Dauphin Island Parkway about two hours later, police spokesman Officer Christopher Levy said. A white Buick four-door sedan was used in both incidents, and the vehicle and one ATM were later found burned in Prichard's Alabama Village community.

The thefts bring to five the total of smash-and-grab ATM incidents in and around Mobile since Dec. 8, when thieves took an ATM from a store on St. Stephens Road, Levy said. A week later, he said, two gas stations on Cottage Hill road fell victim, although one ATM was bolted to the floor and thieves could not move it. Levy said it is likely the thefts are related.

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