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Theft ring may have stolen 50 ATMs

Associated Press Published: August 22, 2016 1:13 PM

Cleveland — A criminal ring carefully planned and sometimes executed smash-and-grab thefts of ATMs in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio that netted hundreds of thousands of dollars, authorities said Aug.

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16 on racketeering and other charges related to 10 thefts or attempted thefts of ATMs in five Northeast Ohio counties since early 2015.

The group could be responsible for more than 50 ATM thefts and that more arrests and charges are expected, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said at a news conference Aug.

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They would use stolen cargo vans to smash through store entrances in reverse, detaching cash machines from their moorings.

The ATMs would be loaded into the van and taken to locations in Cleveland where they were opened using pry bars, power tools and cutting torches, authorities said.

8 after a 20-mile chase that began seconds after an ATM was stolen from a convenience store in that city.


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