Since June 2013, there have been 71-attempted automated teller machine (ATM) thefts. Prince George’s County police announced a $10,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest or indictment of suspects targeting ATMs in the county.
Early this month, police released videos of attempted ATM machine robberies a gas stations in the area. In one, at a location on Kenilworth Avenue, suspects broke into a locked facility and attempted to carry away the ATM, but it was secured to the floor and they were unable to remove it. Instead they tied up an employee, took cash from the register, and sped off in a getaway truck. A similar attempt occurred at the Shell gas station on Livingston Road.
Suitland resident Tameka Robinson, 36, told the AFRO, “I’m scared to go get gas after dark. I rather just go the next morning, where witnesses can see what’s going on. I can’t believe people are really attempting to steal the whole machine now.”
Geno Frazier, 54, of Capital Heights came into a gas station after an ATM theft attempt had just occurred. “I walked up to a gas station and saw about three men with masks run out the store,” Frazier told the AFRO. “They saw me, pointed a gun at me, and told me ‘you ain’t seen nothing.’ Then they got in a car and drove off.”
Anyone with information regarding these robberies is asked to contact the Prince George’s County police department.