For the fifth time in a month, bold thieves have committed a smash and grab-styled heist of an ATM at a Walgreens store in the Metro Atlanta area. The latest smash and grab took place at the Walgreens store on Canton Road near Marietta Sunday night. Walgreens stores in Cobb, Gwinnett, and DeKalb have been hit in the past few weeks.
In the latest case, officials were not sure if the thieves were able to get any money out of the ATM, which they dragged from the store with a stolen pickup truck that was driven straight through the front door. The thieves were able to break into the machine, but Walgreens had started to pull money out of all 88 of its ATMs in the Metro Atlanta area as a precaution after a smash and grab crime last week, a store spokeswoman told 11Alive News.
Police said the thieves apparently fled, leaving the stolen pickup truck behind, after breaking into the ATM. Police are processing the truck for fingerprints and have a surveillance video of the crime. However, it appeared as though the crooks were using something to hide their faces so the video may not help them identify suspects.
Cobb County police are working with police in other jurisdictions, including DeKalb County, to try and find new clues in the cases as Walgreens tries to figure out why its stores are being targeted.