Thieves drive stolen vehicle into store to swipe ATM – caught on tape!
(MyFoxTampaBay.com) TAMPA – A Tampa man is under arrest after police say he and an accomplice crashed a stolen SUV through the front of a convenience store, and stole the ATM inside.
Police are still looking for the other suspect.
Thursday morning around 4 am., investigators say, Dwayne Chambers, 37, and another man slammed into the front of the Shubh Mini Market on Orient Road, driving a stolen Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The video shows the vehicle back through the front entrance, pull forward, then two suspects run into the store.
One of them, identified as Chambers, yanked the ATM from the wall then flipped it over several times toward the stolen Jeep.
The other suspect ran out with a box full of cigarettes, cash and coins.
The rear lift-gate would not open from the collision, so the two stuffed the ATM into the back seat.
Billy Webb was asleep next door and heard all the commotion.
“It scared the hell out of me,” Webb said. “I thought somebody got killed. It was a wreck. It was a loud crash.”
Webb ran outside not knowing of the heist next door.
“I said, ‘damn. The vehicle is backing into the building,” he recalled.
Webb then approached the suspects.
“I said, ‘guys, what in the world are y’all doing?’ And they’re dragging the ATM machine out the door,” he said.
As the suspects sped off, Webb — standing barefoot in his underwear — yelled for other neighbors to call 911.
Friday, Tampa police found the stolen Jeep on Idlewild Avenue. They also found Chambers and the ATM inside.
“It was pretty easy to link him to the crime being that the ATM machine was found right in his residence,” Cristal Bermudez Nunez, HCSO spokesperson, said.
The other suspect is described as a white male, 5’8″, 22-39 years old, thin build.
Chambers is charged with burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief.