Seven men sought for Sweet Auburn Curb Market ATM robbery | Crime
ATLANTA -- Atlanta police are looking for seven men captured by surveillance cameras as they used a Dodge minivan to pull off a bold smash and grab.
One of the suspects nearly foiled the getaway.
"They were amateurs," said Gerald Boyd, who works security for the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. "Looks like it was not professional, but it was effective."
At daylight, shop owners at the Sweet Auburn market arrived to find the minivan still lodged inside the building. Most were unrattled.
"I came in, saw the van was here, that nobody was hurt," said shop owner Dionne Gant. "I had to send a message that they didn't stop us."
Surveillance video captures the first of seven suspects arriving outside the market at 4:44 a.m., Tuesday. After casing the building, a white Dodge Caravan arrives. The driver parks and waits for two other vehicles that would serve as the getaway cars.
At 4:58, the van smashes a door at the market, and the suspects swarm through. They were after an ATM that wouldn't go quietly.
"They figure out they can't move the ATM, so they use the van to smash it three times," said Boyd.
Using the minivan, the suspects jar the ATM loose from its foundation.
Then the situation nearly turned tragic.
The video shows when the driver of the van exited to help drag the money machine away, he forgot to put the vehicle in park. It nearly ran over him and one other suspect.
"They were in such a hurry," said Boyd. "Obviously not pros."
The video shows the suspects dragging the ATM to a red Dodge Caravan at 5:01 a.m., just three minutes after smashing into the market.
Atlanta police are using the surveillance video in an effort to identify suspects.
It is the second ATM theft in as many days. An ATM was stolen Monday from the new BP station at the corner of Piedmont and Ponce de Leon avenues in Midtown.