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Thieves foiled by short strap

A suspect throws a tow strap into a convenience store during an attempt to carry off an ATM from the business.

A suspect throws a tow strap into a convenience store during an attempt to carry off an ATM from the business.


DAN HILDEBRAN

Monitor Editor

Two would-be thieves of a Kangaroo store ATM were stymied in their attempt to haul away the cash box because the strap they tried to hook up to the machine was too short.

Surveillance video showed two hooded bandits back up a red Ford pickup to the store at the corner of S.R. 21 and C.R. 352 around 2:30 a.m. Friday March 1.

One entered the store after shattering the front, glass door with a crowbar. The second suspect then backed up the truck to the door, stopped by one of the yellow, three-foot concrete poles that line the front of the business.

A Clay County deputy wrote in a report that the suspect in the store then tried to put a tow strap around the ATM. The other end of the yellow harness was fastened to the vehicle. However, the strap was too short.

“The suspect then ripped the top off the machine and tried to pull the machine away from the wall to get it closer to the door,” wrote the deputy. “He was unsuccessful and started hitting and kicking the machine.”

The second suspect also attempted to fasten the strap to the machine, but found the harness was too short, as well.

The two intruders then threw the strap into the back of the truck and left.

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