Suspect drives into gas station, steals ATM

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Authorities are looking for a suspect who reportedly drove a vehicle into a Jonesboro gas station, then stole an ATM.

According to a police report, Officer Trey Chism went to the Gladiolus Exxon, 3511 Harrisburg Road, around 4:10 a.m. Saturday after getting a call about a commercial burglary in progress.

Chism said he noticed the southeast part of the building had been hit, with a wall and several windows knocked out. A witness told police he heard a loud crash and first thought someone had an accident.

The witness heard another crash, glass breaking and saw someone running toward the southwest corner of the gas station and then running to the front of the store, police said.

"[The witness] saw the suspects pick up what he thought was a newspaper box and place it in the back of a silver Suburban," Chism wrote in the report.

However, the box fell out of the silver Chevy Suburban and onto Harrisburg Road.

Chism said the box was actually the ATM.

Just before 5 a.m., a vehicle matching the suspect's was found by a Craighead County sheriff's deputy on Shadow Ridge Drive just off Forest Hill Road.

According to the sheriff's office report, the SUV was unoccupied with no keys in the ignition. The stereo also appeared to be removed.

JPD confirmed the SUV was used in the crime and it was turned over to Jonesboro CID.

Police believe the suspects did at least $25,000 worth of damage to the building.

Anyone with information on the burglary can call Jonesboro CrimeStoppers at 870-935-STOP.

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