2 men make quick dash for ATM, steal 3 trucks

Deputies are searching for 2 suspects after officials say they stole several vehicles and rammed into a local gas station, stealing an ATM. (WDTN- Beairshelle Edmé)

BETHEL TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – A two-county crime spree ended Wednesday with a truck slamming into a Bethel Township gas station.

Miami County deputies are hoping surveillance video of what’s been described a wild night will lead to arrests.

Officials say the two men covered up in hoodies stole several trucks and committed 2 break-ins.

“It’s obviously somebody who hasn’t– who has done it before in my opinion,” Chief Deputy Dave Duchek said. “I believe Clark County is investigating a similar incident from the past. The detectives are working with the Clark County Sheriff and other jurisdictions. You know, we believe there is a little bit of organization to this. We believe they may be also targeting out buildings and the smash and grab was a little bit of deviation.”

Authorities say it all started shortly after midnight on Wednesday.

In the surveillance tape, the two men are first seen in a stolen red and silver Dodge truck from Clark County.

They ram into the glass at Big Mike’s Gas Station on Route 40 and 201.

After multiple tries, they finally get the ATM loose, but then deputies say the suspects ditched the stolen truck in the 8800 block of Palmer Road, which is just two minutes from the gas station.

The men then stole a second truck, but also abandoned it; officials believe the second time probably due to mechanical issues.

Just 2 blocks down the men stole a third truck, a green Ford F-150, as well as several tools from a barn.

All three cars have since been recovered by authorities.

Deputies say it appears the men had a plan, which could mean they could be more experienced criminals.

They say that makes it more important for businesses to take certain precautions to avoid these crimes.

“Businesses want to look for the convenience of their customers, but ATMs or any financial machines like that, I would prefer to have it on an interior wall or inside an isolated and hard to get to where this can’t happen,” the chief deputy said.

Duchek says the gas station did take several safety measures and the store’s surveillance video will likely be the key bringing in these suspects.

Another key according to officials is getting the help of the public.

If you have any information, you’re urged to call the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

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