Another ATM stolen from a local convenience store

Another ATM stolen from a local convenience store

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 8:02 PM

SHELBY, N.C. -- Cleveland County deputies arrested three people Tuesday following another daring ATM robbery where the entire machine was ripped out of a Shelby convenience store.

Investigators are now saying the three suspects charged are responsible for a string of recent thefts or attempted thefts of ATMs that started back in December.

The theft this morning happened at Lisa's Express convenience store on Washburn Switch Road.

Surveillance cameras in the store show a van that police say had been stolen, crashing through the front door.

It took three tries before the machine came loose and the thieves could toss it into the back of a van, that then sped off.

A Cleveland County deputy, who was responding to an alarm from the store, spotted a van of the same description a witness had given police and pulled it over.

Two suspects, Octavius Lamar Parks and Khadijah Banks were arrested. A third suspect, Anton Tolandis Smith allegedly ran away from the van but was arrested later this afternoon.

Store clerk Michael Riley was called about the robbery and drove to the store thinking just the front doors were broken.

He arrived to find a good portion of the front wall had been knocked down by the van.

"When I got here this morning it was just like ‘Whoa,’" he said.

He then helped store manager Jimmy Conner clean up the mess.

"It was bad in here. We had stuff like bricks all the way over to the far wall," said Conner.

For now the store will remain closed until more repairs can be made.

Employees will be out of work and forgiveness is not a word that comes easy.

"I just don't have any use for a thief," said Conner, adding, "If a man can't make an honest living, I don't have no use for them."
 

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