WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - Officers are investigating the attempted smash-and-grab robbery of an automatic teller machine at a 7-Eleven store in Northeast, D.C.
Police say the incident was reported early Friday morning in the 5500 block of South Dakota Avenue. The truck that was apparently used in the attempted smash-and-grab of the ATM remained on the scene and was eventually removed from the front of the store. The truck damaged the store's front window. It is unclear if anyone is in police custody.
Authorities have investigated several similar incidents over the past months in the District and in surrounding counties.
Earlier this month in Prince George's County, police say three men in a pickup truck crashed into a 7-Eleven on Watkins Park Drive in Kettering, Maryland and attempted to steal the ATM inside.
In March, an ATM heist was reported at a 7-Eleven store in Lanham. Police thieves using a pickup truck drove into the store front, pushed the ATM into the back of the vehicle and drove off. Police say they later found the stolen ATM and others on fire.
In January, police reported another similar incident involving a stolen pickup truck being used to smash into a 7-Eleven on Cedar Street in Northwest, D.C. The thieves, police say, jumped out pushed the ATM into the bed of the truck, and drove away.
Investigators have not said if any of the similar incidents are connected. Friday’s incident from South Dakota Avenue is still under investigation.