New video shows thieves taking ATMs in heist

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ATLANTA - Channel 2 Action News received new surveillance video of thieves taking ATMs after they crashed a van into an East Point state office building.

After someone backed a stolen van into the Department of Revenue's Motor Vehicles division in the front, his alleged accomplices were in the backside of the building with another van.

Police got to the building within minutes, but the new video shows how quickly the men were able to get two ATMs loaded into the second van and off the property.

Chief Josh Waites with the Dept. of Revenue's Office of Special Investigations said the crime started at 4:30 a.m. Thursday. The first van comes just feet from hitting a security guard when it backed into a plate glass window at the Dept. of Revenue's Motor Vehicle Division on Welcome All Road. The guard was armed but outnumbered and ran for help.

Investigators said the van was stolen from a Chick-fil-A.

Waites said in all, it took under three minutes for the group of five to get the ATMs out a side fire exit. Less than three hours later, Atlanta police found the van abandoned and burned on Anderson Avenue with the ATMs still inside.

East Point police said the men got thousands of dollars from the machines.

As police focus on finding the men, the motor vehicle division was closed all day with plans to reopen Friday.

Waites said the office will be open Friday, but there may be some service interruptions.

So far, police have not made any arrests in this case. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.



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