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ATM thieves hit Grapevine store while it's open

GRAPEVINE -- A group of brazen thieves stole an ATM early today after they smashed a window and used a chain to pull the machine out of a convenience store while a clerk looked on, police said.

One man was arrested and the ATM recovered after police officers stopped the getaway vehicle just minutes after the theft near the Bedford-Euless city limits, Grapevine police Sgt. Kim Smith said Wednesday morning.

A 24-year-old man was in custody Wednesday morning while police searched for three to four other suspects in the heist that happened about 3:30 a.m. at the On The Run (Exxon) in the 1700 block of William D. Tate Avenue.

The man was driving the Plymouth Voyager that police say was used in the ATM theft, police said. The van was reported stolen out of Dallas, police said.

The theft happened while the store was open, police said.

The clerk told police that someone backed the van to the store near the ATM, which was in the southeast corner of the business, police said.

Thieves smashed the window, put a chain around the machine and dragged it out, police said. The machine was then loaded into the van, police said. The clerk told police that it all happened in a matter of seconds.

The van drove away and headed south on William D. Tate Avenue and merged onto Texas 121.

Police began a short pursuit after the van was seen on Texas 121.

Police stopped the van near Cheek Sparger Road in Bedford and four to five men jumped out and ran, police said.

Police from Grapevine, Bedford, Euless and Colleyville searched the area and arrested the driver.