CLEVELAND - An ATM machine was stolen from a Cleveland convenience store Friday morning after five brazen thieves crashed a minivan through the front of the store.
The smash and grab occurred at 7-Eleven, 4075 Rocky River Drive, around 2:30 a.m., Jan. 26.
According to the police report, the clerk saw a purple Dodge Caravan pull into the parking lot at a high rate of speed. The clerk told police she thought the store was about to be robbed so she locked herself in the office.
Once inside the office, the woman watched on the store's security cameras as the van backed into the store twice and then plowed through the front of the building, the report said.
Five men — dressed in black hooded sweatshirts, gloves and surgical masks, jumped out the vehicle, grabbed the ATM, and sped off.
Authorities said it appeared the suspects were all of thin build and were not particularly physically fit. The five men struggled to move the ATM into the van, police said.
The van, which had been reported stolen, was found a short time later crashed into a pole on the 1300 block of Clark Avenue. The was ATM still inside, police said.