Thieves steal ATM from 24-hour gas station, cops see them driving away (VIDEO)

CHICAGO — An ATM theft crew stole an entire cash machine from a 24-hour gas station in West Town overnight, according to Chicago police. It’s the latest in a string of similar burglaries reported in the city and suburbs over the past three weeks.

Three men pulled into the Citgo at 1535 West Grand around 3:10 a.m., dragged the ATM out of the store, and loaded it into their car, a white four-door sedan, police said.

The store’s cashier immediately called 911, but that wasn’t entirely necessary. Chicago cops on patrol saw the crew driving away from the scene. The officers said it was a gray Toyota, possibly accompanied by a white Mazda.

We received footage of the theft on Thursday afternoon. Check it out:

A similar burglary was caught on video in Oak Park earlier this week. Footage of that theft was posted to Instagram by Chicago Critter. Watch:

The Citgo heist occurred barely 12 hours after Chicago police issued a community alert about similar crimes reported across the city recently.

“The unknown offenders targeted businesses both during normal operating hours and after closing,” the alert warned. “Offenders made entry into the targeted businesses and took their ATM machines.”

The alert linked six burglaries to the same group of thieves:

  • March 19 at 3:10 a.m. in the 4600 block of North Kedzie
  • March 19 at 3:20 a.m. in the 3100 block of West Irving Park
  • March 25 at 8:14 p.m. in the 3200 block of West Addison
  • March 25 at 8:15 p.m. in the 3700 block of West Addison
  • April 8 at 3:25 a.m. in the 3900 block of North Austin
  • in the 2800 block of North Narragansett sometime between 9 p.m. on April 9th and 7:46 a.m. on April 10

Police described the group as three Black males and a Black female, aged between 20 and 30, 5’6″ to 5’8″ tall and 170 to 190 pounds.

Area Five detectives are handling the investigation. They can be reached at 312-746-7394.

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