Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Thieves Get Bolder Every Day

Stealing ATM machines from the small Stop and Rob stores is a crime that has been gaining popularity these past couple of years. Often times the goblins will steal a pick up truck or SUV, crash the vehicle into the store after it is closed for the night, grab the ATM machine and leave in a second (often times also stolen) vehicle. Business owners doing what they can to discourage these goblins. They install crash barriers and the like, turning the Stop and Rob into a mini fortress. Those that can not afford crash barriers, empty the machines at night. They leave the machine open to a goblins can see that they are empty before taking out a wall to get to the machine. Pickings are getting slimmer, so the goblins have to improvise, overcome...

From the Star Telegram:

By Domingo Ramirez Jr.

GRAPEVINE -- A group of brazen thieves stole an ATM early today after they smashed a window and used a chain to pull the machine out of a convenience store while a clerk looked on, police said.
Granted this happened in the wee hours of the morning, but the fact that it happened at an open store says tons about how bold goblins are becoming, and how this crime is escalating. The goblins get it in their mind that they want something, they are going to use whatever force is necessary to get it. Are you ready, willing, and able to counter that determination?

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