Philadelphia police investigate series of ATM thefts in the city

There have been at least five ATM thefts or attempted thefts in Philadelphia since late September.

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Thursday, November 10, 2022
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Philadelphia police are investigating several ATM thefts throughout the city since late September. The most recent theft was in the Ogontz section.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia police are investigating several ATM thefts throughout the city since late September. The most recent theft was in the Ogontz section.

Surveillance video released Thursday shows the suspect inside a gas station on the 6200 block of North Broad Street on Nov. 3.

Police say the masked man got in through a broken window and ripped an ATM out of the store that was bolted to the ground.

He then dragged it outside to his car.

Since late September police released video from at least five burglaries involving ATMs.

Wissahickon Brewing on the 3700 block of School House Lane was hit by two burglars. Two men got away with the machine after breaking into the building.

"I never even thought that someone would steal our ATM," said Peter Gill, the co-owner of Wissahickon Brewing.

Video shows one man grab the ATM and break it from the bolts that held it to the floor.

"Second guy comes in with a hand truck, threw it on the hand truck, and they are out in two or three minutes," Gill said.

They wheeled it out to a waiting SUV and left.

The Pemberton Grocery at 615 South 56th was also hit in October. Two guys carried the ATM right out the door.

"They got a lot of money," said Rafael Pena, who works at Permberton Grocery.

Action News asked police for the exact number of ATM thefts that have occurred in the city, and whether they are connected. They said they are looking into it.

The theft at Wissahickon Brewing was similar to a theft that happened at Green Eggs Cafe on the 2800 block of Girard a few weeks later.

Video showed two men carry the ATM out to a waiting SUV.

Anyone with information should call police.

There have been at least five ATM thefts or attempted thefts in Philadelphia since late September.