Thieves plow truck into Midway District Walgreens, steal ATM


SAN DIEGO -- San Diego police were searching for thieves who plowed a truck into a Midway District Walgreens and stole an ATM Tuesday morning.

Just before 4 a.m., an F-150 pickup rammed into the glass storefront of a Walgreens on Midway Drive. The thieves, described as five to seven people wearing gloves and masks, left the store with an ATM belonging to Navy Federal Credit Union, police said.

No customers were in the store when the robbery happened, but two employees were working at the time, according to police. The employees weren't harmed.

Evidence of the crime remained at the scene hours after the robbery. There was glass scattered across the pavement, mangled shopping carts in front of the building and a gaping hole where the sliding glass entry doors used to be.

Police later located the truck about a half-mile away on Hancock Street parked next to a minivan they said was also associated with the smash-and-grab. Both vehicles were stolen out of National City, police said. When officers approached the vehicles, no one was inside.

The cashbox had been removed from the ATM. It was unknown how much cash was stolen, police said.

Last month, two ATMs were stolen from convenience stores in La Mesa and Spring Valley. Investigators are looking into whether or not the crimes are connected.

"That will be part of the investigation to see if this is related to any other incidents or part of any potential series," San Diego police Lt. Chris Tivanian said.

Anyone with information was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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