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Thieves vs. ATM: The Colleyville machine wins

COLLEYVILLE -- A stubborn ATM defeated a group of thieves early Tuesday.

After wrapping a chain around an ATM at a Texaco gas station, thieves failed to pull it out. Instead, they abandoned the plan and later left a stolen U-Haul truck a mile away.

The attempted theft was reported shortly before 4:30 a.m. at the Texaco in the 7900 block of Precinct Line Road.

Thieves backed up the truck, reported stolen out of North Richland Hills, and smashed the front doors of the station, according to police reports.

But the thieves couldn't get the ATM out of the store.

The thieves jumped back into the truck and drove away, abandoning the vehicle about a mile away.

The incident was the third in Northeast Tarrant County involving a group of thieves using a chain to pull an ATM, load it up and drive away.

On May 7, thieves smashed a window at On The Run (Exxon) on William D. Tate Avenue in Grapevine while the store was open. They used a chain to pull the machine out and loaded it in a stolen van and drove off. But police stopped a van matching the description of the one used in the theft minutes later.

A 24-year-old DeSoto man was arrested and the ATM was recovered. Four others in the van escaped.

On May 15, five thieves got away with an ATM after they backed up a van to the front door of a CVS Pharmacy in Southlake, popped off the door, used a chain to pull the machine out and then loaded it up into the vehicle, police said.

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