Would-be thieves botch ATM heists at 2 pharmacies

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EL CAJON, Calif. -- Thieves broke in to two different East County pharmacies early Friday and tried to loot the store ATMs, but in both cased they fled empty handed, police said.

Surveillance video at a CVS Pharmacy at 790 Jamacha Road in El Cajon showed three people in dark hoodies smash the front door around 3:30 a.m. They unsuccessfully tried to break into an ATM inside but quickly left failing to get any cash. Nothing else was stolen from the pharmacy.

Someone broke into a nearby Rite Aid pharmacy  at 2516 Jamacha Road in Rancho San Diego, the San Diego Sheriff's Department said. There was no evidence that anything was stolen from the second pharmacy.

Sheriff's Deputies were unsure if the break-ins were related or if they were connected to a series of recent ATM thefts around San Diego County.

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