Thieves use stolen car to break into ATM

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SAN DIEGO — Thieves using what appeared to be stolen car and some kind of rope or chain yanked an automated teller machine from its foundation at a Kearny Mesa gas station early Tuesday and got away with the cash inside, police said.

The thieves broke into the Valero Gas Station at 5345 Kearny Villa Road sometime before 1:20 a.m., according to San Diego police Officer Dan Lasher.

When officers arrived shortly after 1:20 a.m., they discovered the car was left behind and the ATM was empty, he said. Police have no suspects in the robbery.

About an hour later, thieves broke into a liquor store in National City. They pried open a security grate and took a stand-alone ATM machine, liquor, cigarettes and lottery tickets, National City police said.

Investigators don’t believe the two thefts are related.


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