Local businesses hit by ATM thieves

6:44 PM, Mar 16, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Two Minneapolis businesses have had their ATMs stolen since the beginning of March.

Robert Gillem, the owner of Cuppa Java in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood, says his ATM was stolen around 3 a.m. on March 5th.

He says thieves used a hammer to break the glass, then used a rope or strap connected to the back of a truck to pull the ATM free of the bolts anchoring the machine to the floor.

Gillem says the thieves were able to get away with the ATM and the $1,200 inside.

He estimates the damages plus the cost of buying a new ATM will total $6,000.

A spokesperson for the Minneapolis Police says thieves also stole and ATM from Bobby and Steve's Auto World across from Cuppa Java on Thursday morning.  He says the theft appeared to be carried out in the same manner.

There have been no arrests in either incident.

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