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May 31, 2013

Burglars attempt to steal ATM from Chickasha Walgreens

CHICKASHA — Burglars attempted to remove an ATM machine from the Chickasha Walgreens Wednesday around 5 a.m. a release from the Chickasha Police Department said.

"The Chickasha Police Department responded to a Burglary in Progress at Walgreens located at 2120 South 4th Street," the release states. "When the officers arrived on scene the front door of the business had been pried open and the ATM near the door had damage to it. Chief Eddie Adamson said that it took less than two minutes from the time that dispatch received the call for officer to arrive on scene."

After reviewing the a closed circuit tape of the crime, officers founds that the suspects attempted to pull the ATM though the front door by using a chain attached to a van and the machine.

"The suspects attempted to pull the ATM out of the business but were unsuccessful as the ATM had within the last few weeks been bolted down due to similar burglaries at other Walgreens locations throughout the state," the release states.

Detectives were able to obtain the make and model of the van used to perpetrate the crime.

"Later in the day an alert citizen called in a suspicious vehicle parked in the 800 block of Park Avenue," the release states. "When officers arrived and checked the suspicious vehicle it was displaying stolen Oklahoma tags. The vehicle, a Chevrolet Astro Van, registered in the state of Texas was processed by detectives. Detectives were able to determine on scene that this was the vehicle used in the Burglary earlier in the day."

CPD Chief Eddie Adamson commended the citizens of Chickasha for their help in getting information regarding this crime.

“This is a classic case of Chickasha citizens working hand in hand with officers to prevent crime in their neighborhoods. If the alert citizen wasn’t aware of their surroundings and the workings of their neighborhood the detectives may have lost valuable evidence collected on scene from the weather that rolled in yesterday.” No arrests have yet been made in this case but detectives are still collecting and processing evidence."

Readers with information on this or any other crime can call crime stoppers at 405-224-TIPS or text a tip to “CRIMES” (274637).

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