ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

A group of burglars broke into a Shell gas station at 3326 Ringgold Road about 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning in an attempt to run off with an ATM.

"Fortunately for us, they couldn't take [the ATM]," said Nick Desan, whose son owns the gas station.

In a video of the gas station's surveillance footage posted to Facebook, a large white Kleen-A-Matic van is seen crashing into the convenience store's glass wall, propelling a vending machine forward and knocking over the ATM.

The group of about five then attempted to pick up the machine and load it into the van, but they abandoned it and hopped back into the van after about one minute. They drove off but then came back to ram the van back into the ATM in a second attempt to unbolt the machine before leaving.

East Ridge Police Assistant Chief Stan Allen said the suspects ended up not take anything. He said Georgia authorities believes they are suspects in a similar crime in Gordon County, Ga.

To replace the shatter-proof glass and metal frame, Desan said it'll cost about $4,000. He hopes to have it done by Wednesday.

Desan, who also owns a gas station on Shallowford Road, said these kinds of crimes are always a concern for gas station owners. They take all the necessary precautions to keep their stores secure, but area crime is a nuisance.

"It discourages business," he said, adding that he is "a bit concerned" about crime rates in that area of East Ridge along Ringgold Road.

He'll be meeting with police early next week, and he hopes the suspects are caught soon.

Contact staff writer Rosana Hughes at rhughes@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6327 with tips or story ideas. Follow her on Twitter @Hughes Rosana.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT