Thieves ram store, steal ATM, cigarettes

The Daily World (Aberdeen)July 17, 2010 

Authorities are searching for two men who rammed a stolen car into the side of the Amanda Park Mercantile early Thursday and made off with an automated teller machine.

The men drove a rented Toyota into the freight doors of the convenience store about 5:30 a.m. Thursday, according to chief criminal deputy Dave Pimentel with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office.

A man in a black ski mask and another in a hood with white cloth over his face then carried out the store’s ATM, Pimentel said. Both were wearing gloves. They also stole cigarettes.

Investigators found the vehicle, a dark gray Toyota Corolla, abandoned along Old Mill Road in Neilton about 4 p.m. Thursday, Pimentel said. The vehicle had been rented out of Seattle and had not been reported missing yet.

Pimentel said the ATM is valued at about $7,500. It contained about $1,000 in cash .

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Keith Peterson with the Sheriff’s Office at 360-249-3711, ext. 583.

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