Parma gas station owner says he won't re-install ATM after smash and grab

No more ATMs in Parma 7/11 after smash and grab
No more ATMs in Parma 7/11 after smash and grab
No more ATMs in Parma 7/11 after smash and grab
Posted at 3:06 PM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-30 16:29:13-04

Five men used two stolen vans and managed to get an ATM out of the Parma 7-Eleven at State and Brookpark roads early Monday morning.

"This was pretty dangerous," store manager Vikesh Kumar told News 5.

It's the second time they've been hit by smash and grabbers in less than 9 months, according to Kumar. While he's not sure how much money was in the ATM they got away with, he said it could not have been much.

"They probably get some scrap money out of that machine."

Moving forward, Kumar said it's just not worth it to reinstall an ATM. 

"I would rather worry about keeping my employees safe than some customers not coming back," he explained. 

"So you you think not putting in another ATM means people won't come back and do something like this?" we asked.

"I'm pretty sure they won't. And it will be more safe," he answered. 

The focus on safety continues even after the store has taken every other possible step to prevent the thefts — installing security cameras and barriers in front of the store. 

A Cleveland man was another victim of the smash and grab. He woke up to find his car had been stolen and used to steal the ATM.

"They stole it right out my driveway," he said. 

He told News 5 his van was left at the 7-Eleven, but is seriously damaged. He says he's not sure how he'll move forward. 

"I have to deal with fixing my car. Now I'm stuck with a broken steering column. Hopefully, that's all that's wrong with it," he said.