Accused ATM Thief Calls 911 on Self
CLEVELAND — Four suspects are now in police custody after they allegedly tried to steal an ATM from a GetGo gas station early Thursday morning.
Three of the suspects were caught right in the act but the fourth suspect was apprehended by police after he called 911 because he was having breathing problems.
A security guard at a nearby HH Gregg appliance store spotted the four men trying to steal the automatic teller machine inside the closed GetGo gas station on Ridge Road in Cleveland, then he called police.
The security guard said to the 911 operator, “There’s four guys trying to rob the GetGo right across from me. I’m doing security work here at HH Gregg.”
Police said the ATM robbers got into the store by taking the doors off its hinges, then they wrapped a chain around the ATM and hooked it on to their Durango.
They then tried to drag it out, but that’s when police showed up.
Three of the robbers got busted right away and the fourth suspect got away and ran but he was later caught.
Police said the fourth suspect called EMS because he was suffering from an asthma attack and that’s when they arrested him.
Eric Knoch works for Euclid Glass and was busy repairing the glass doors that were damaged in the attempted heist.
Knoch said he’s worked on six ATM break-ins so far this year.
“Most of the time they drive in, hook a chain on them, drag them out… sometimes they take them off the property. Other times they bust into them right there,” Knoch said.
Some people filling up at the GetGo were relieved that the ATM thieves were caught.
“It’s a shame and it’s great that they got busted and it’s just a shame. It seems that in this area, crime has increased,” said Rick Butler of Parma.
Mary Bailey of Parma agreed, saying, “Well I think they have no sense, but I think it’s great that the cops were able to come here and bust them.”
Just last month, a stolen ATM was left in the middle of the road near East 55th Street in Cleveland and police are investigating to see if the ATM robberies are connected.