Thieves steal ATM from 24-hour gas station as stunned employee looks on

The Citgo service station at 1745 West Foster. | Google

CHICAGO — A group of men stole an ATM from a Ravenswood service station on Sunday morning while it was open for business, and an employee looked on.

Chicago police said three masked men entered the Citgo at 1745 West Foster at 4:01 a.m. and hauled the ATM out the front door. They shoved the cash machine into a white Infiniti with a broken rear-side window, then drove away.

In an odd coincidence, Chicago police officers working on an unrelated matter found an ATM inside a house in Englewood a few hours later.

The cops were looking for a stolen car when they saw a suspicious man carrying a duffle bag out of a home in the 7200 block of South Yale, according to a separate police report. They entered the building and found an abandoned ATM, but it was not immediately clear if it was the one taken from Citgo.

The officers hauled the ATM out of the house and took it to the police station to be inventoried as found property.

Earlier this month, a group of men backed a Jeep through the front glass of a 24-hour currency exchange in the South Loop and hauled away its ATM. Crews for the TV show “Chicago Fire” were preparing to film a scene in the 500 block of West Roosevelt as the smash-and-grab unfolded.

A bystander captured video of the theft:

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