Thief Steals An ATM

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A thief gets away with an ATM from an eastern Kentucky convenience store.

Surveillance cameras captured the entire incident at the Fast Lane on Route Three in Martin County.

Martin County Sheriff's Deputies haven't found the thief yet or even the stolen ATM, but they are searching the entire county and researching tips from callers.

They know what kind of car they're looking for because the surveillance cameras caught it all.

The Fast Lane store was closed at 6:30am Sunday morning when a car drove up, circled around and then suddenly backed in and smashed into the door.

The man then got out, went into the store, and pulled out the entire ATM, loaded it into the trunk of his car and drove away.

“Bold brazen, wasn't thinking very good, call it anything you want to call it, but it wasn't very smart I don't think,” Sheriff Garmon Preece said.

Sheriff's Deputies believe the suspect acted alone but must have planned it in advance.

“Yeah, it seemed like they had some sort of a plan in place. They knew what they were coming for,” Sheriff Preece said.

Deputies don't know how much money was in the ATM.

The banks are trying to determine that.

Investigators don't have an exact motive.

“Somebody that needs some cash and they thought the best way of getting it is to take it from somebody else and don't have to work for it,” Sheriff Preece said.

Workers at the Fast Lane already replaced the door, cleaned up, and ordered a new ATM.

They're just glad no one was inside when it happened.

“That is the most important thing and that's why we have our security system to protect our number one asset, and this is of course, our employees,” James Mills said.

Sheriff Deputies don't have any clues yet, but believe they can find a black car with the back smashed in and an ATM that's not where it is supposed to be.

Deputies say the car is black Toyota, maybe a 1989 or 1990 Camry.

If you think you saw the car or ATM, or have any information you can call the Martin County Sheriff's Department.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 23, 2008 at 12:56 PM
    my my whats next?
  • by Crazy Location: Lexington on Sep 23, 2008 at 11:12 AM
    I've seen the option to get a receipt for your transaction, but I didn't know you could just take the whole machine.
  • by emilly on Sep 23, 2008 at 09:40 AM
    Here comes the OLD WEST, back then they bought whiskey now ii;s oxy or bust.
  • by TJ Location: Corbin on Sep 23, 2008 at 05:38 AM
    ATM's are becoming a target for thieves. The manufactures or banks needs to install a locating GPS in them. It would make finding them a little easier.
  • by TENA on Sep 23, 2008 at 04:40 AM
    Drugs and thugs.
  • by Jay Location: KY on Sep 23, 2008 at 03:23 AM
    Funny, did anyone ever see the movie Barber Shop? Reminds me of this incident...wonder if they will find an empty ATM too...LOL!

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