Thursday, September 16, 2010

Lightning fast ATM theft -- San Antonio, TX

In an operation that took just 24 seconds, thieves smashed their pickup into a Terrell Hills convenience store Thursday, then made off with the store's cash machine.

Surveillance video shows the truck's driver backing into the store's glass front, then quickly pulling forward to allow entry to the store. Two men are seen jumping out of the passenger side door, quickly lifting the ATM and placing it in the pack of the pickup. The men then get back in the pickup, which drives away.

The almost surgical precision of the crime led Terrell Hills Police Chief Greg Whitlock to believe the crooks have done this sort of thing before.

"This is not their first rodeo," said Whitlock. "They knew exactly what they were doing and they have probably done it several times in the past."

The two men who entered the store both covered their faces, one with a bandanna and one with a T-shirt.

San Antonio police recovered the pickup used in the crime, which was stolen, near State Highway 281 and Ramsey Road. The suspects and ATM were nowhere to be found.

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