WATCH: Thieves crash into convenience store to try — and fail — to steal ATM

A group of thieves crashed a car and a pickup truck into a Clayton County convenience store in an effort to steal cash from an ATM. However, they left without stealing a dime.

The owner of the Food Mart off Mt. Zion Road told Channel 2 Action News he takes the ATM’s cash home with him when he leaves every night.

“There was no money in the ATM,” Aziz Pirani said. “They didn’t know I guess, because when I leave in the night time, I don’t leave money in the ATM.”

Surveillance video obtained by Channel 2 shows the foiled plot in action, with both vehicles slamming into the gas station before at least four men jump out and try to yank the ATM from the wall. 


The would-be thieves then gave up, abandoned the two vehicles and got into a getaway car that was parked nearby. Clayton County police said both vehicles that were left had been stolen.

Pirani told the news station he recognized a jacket that was worn by one of the men, and he hopes police are able to make arrests soon. 


“This was a stupid act to do for like a couple $100,” he said.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact police at 770-477-3747.

In other news:

Police say Tommy Shane Morton is serving a 10-year sentence for manufacturing marijuana and theft.

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