Cleveland: Four charged in attempted ATM theft

3:34 PM, Aug 11, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- All four suspects in an ATM theft attempt on Thursday have been charged with breaking and entering theft.

Cleveland Police say a witness noticed suspicious activity at the GetGo gas station on Ridge Road, near Brookpark Road around 2:30 a.m.

When Cleveland Police arrived, four men were attempting to use a stolen SUV to drag an ATM out of its place.

Police say the doors to the business had been pried open and the ATM had been dragged to the outside with a large chain. 

Police were assaulted by the suspects, but officers arrested three of them. No one was injured, and no money was stolen from the ATM.

One ran toward Brookpark Road. He hid under an employee's car at the Denny's restaurant nearby. When he couldn't get into the car, he continued to run.

Cleveland Police as well as officers from Brooklyn, Parma, RTA and the State Highway Patrol spent about three hours searching for the suspect.

Parma Police arrested the fourth suspect around 6 a.m. after he called for an ambulence. A police spokesperson says he's treated for a breathing problem.

A police source tells Channel 3 News that ATM thefts are becoming more common, with about four of these crimes a month happening in the greater Cleveland area.

Cleveland Police are investigating whether these suspects could also be behind dozens of other ATM robberies. Stay with wkyc.com for updates.

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