Two gas-station ATM robberies involving pickup trucks within four hours


Two men allegedly rammed a pickup truck into a Prince George's County gas station and stole the ATM inside. A similar incident was reported hours later in Northeast D.C. (Courtesy of Prince George's County Police)
August 2, 2013

Two men rammed a pickup truck through the front of a convenience store early Friday in Prince George’s County and stole the ATM, authorities said. A second ATM theft involving a similar truck was reported at a gas station in Northeast Washington less than four hours later.

The first of the two brazen robberies happened around 3:45 a.m. at an Exxon station in the 10800 block of Indian Head Highway in Fort Washington, police said.

The truck smashed through a large pane of glass into the front of the store, and the two suspects then allegedly pushed the ATM into the bed of the truck and drove off.

Police did not say how much money was in the ATM, but the store owner told WRC-TV (Channel 4) that he believed the machine contained about $1,500. The owner was in the store at the time of the robbery, but was not injured.

In the D.C. incident, two men in a black pickup truck pulled up outside an Exxon station in the 2600 block of Benning Road NE about 7:15 a.m. and stole an ATM.

The Exxon station is about 15 miles north of the location of the first theft. Police have not determined whether the two robberies are connected.

Little identifying information about the suspects in either theft was available. Authorities said the men who carried out the robbery in Fort Washington were wearing dark masks. The vehicle in each robbery was described as a dark-colored pickup. Police said the truck that backed into the Fort Washington Exxon station may have sustained damage.

Police are reviewing surveillance footage for more clues.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Prince George’s County police at 301-749-5063 or D.C. police at 202-727-9099.

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