Investigators with the Houston Police Department have connected an early Wednesday morning smash and grab burglary with at least eight others across the city in the last six weeks.
"Nobody has gotten hurt yet, but some of the clerks have been real close," said veteran investigator Greg Shelton.
In most of the crimes, the crooks have used a stolen truck to ram the front windows of convenience stores to knock the ATM lose. The unidentified men then, with varying degrees of initial success, load the machines onto the bed of the truck.
The crimes have primarily happened on Houston’s north side in the early morning hours.
The most recent incident was on the 6300 block of Eastland Wednesday, June 12.
Police have not yet identified the perpetrators; although, Shelton believes a dozen or more people may be involved in the crimes, with crews of three or four committing each crime.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS.