• Crew tries to steal ATM after smashing truck, car into gas station

    By: Audrey Washington

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    STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. - Police are searching for a group of would-be robbers who smashed a car and a truck into a store and then tried to steal an ATM.

    Surveillance video shows the crooks drove a white car into the store. Then, seconds later, a red truck drove into the store.

    A neighbor who spoke to Channel 2’s Audrey Washington at the boarded-up store Tuesday said the criminals need to make some honest money.

    "Get your own business. Start a business, you know? Mow some lawns," Jackie Kearse said.

    Washington learned Tuesday that the group had a backup plan when the first attempt to steal the ATM failed.


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    The store’s owner told Washington that he’s seen one of the men in the video before.

    Aziz Pirani told Washington that he recognized the man’s jacket. 

    The store is now boarded up as police continue to search for the people responsible. 

    “The front is damaged, the frames are damaged,” Pirani said. 

    The guys jumped out and tried to yank the ATM from the wall apparently not realizing there was no money in the machine.

    “They didn’t know, I guess. Because when I leave in the night time, I don’t leave money in the ATM," Pirani said.

    Without even getting a dime, the crew gave up and took off with both the car and the pickup truck still running, inside the store.

    Now as police search for the crash and dash crew, Pirani is focused on getting everything repaired and back to normal.

    “This was a stupid act to do like this for, like, $100," he said.

    Police learned the vehicles left in the store were stolen.

    Anyone who knows anything about the crash and attempted robbery is urged to call police.

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