LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Two bold attempts to steal entire automated teller machines proved unsuccessful Wednesday morning in Prince George’s County.
Police say thieves first attempted to steal an ATM from a store in the 4700 block of Allentown Road in Camp Springs shortly before 5 a.m.
A short time later, two men crashed a pickup truck into a Citgo gas station in the 5700 block of Old Branch Avenue in an effort to get the machine out of the store.
When patrol officers reported to the scene to check up on a report of a breaking and entering, they spotted two men inside attempting to remove the ATM. After the men saw the officers, they fled in the pickup. The vehicle was recovered a short distance away from the scene but the suspects are still on the loose.
It is not immediately clear whether the robberies are connected to each other, or to a pair of similar incidents that occurred within hours of each other earlier this month.
In those cases authorities said two men crashed a pickup truck through gas stations in Fort Washington, Md., and northeast D.C. in a successful effort to steal ATMs.
Police said they will conduct additional area checks on 24-hour businesses in the county following the incidents. Detectives are working to recover surveillance video from both of the gas stations.
Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the suspects is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department at 301-749-5064. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD” plus a message to CRIMES (274637) on a cell phone or go to http://www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.