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An All Night Robbery

Thieves take 9 hours to steal ATM while Cameras watch



    It would appear as though the suspects, who stole an ATM from a Mission Beach business, had little fear of being caught.

    Two men broke into San Diego Sunset Rentals in the 3700-block of Mission Boulevard. The thieves arrived at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday night and left, with the money at 8:30 a.m. the next morning and security cameras were rolling the entire time.

    On the video, the suspects can be seen prying a steel security bar off the back door which leads to the backside of the ATM.  They enter the room and spent several hours inside breaking into the machine, which was attached to the building.

    "I couldn't believe it," says Will Holland, the building's owner. "And there was lots of traffic, lots of people and they just kept at it.  They didn't want to give up, I guess."

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    About 8:30 a.m. in the morning, they can be seen leaving the room, carrying the ATM's safe along with them.  Police say the men then loaded the safe into a garbage can and rolled it to a white pickup truck parked nearby.

    Holland was actually in the building around 8:00 am.  He says he heard a noise, but thought it was nearby construction.

    "About five minutes later, I saw a guy go across the front window rolling a trash can," Holland said. "I'm upset I didn't notice anything."

    Fortunately he says, the cameras did notice. 

    There are eight security cameras around the building and multiple signs warning people of the cameras. One of those signs is posted right next to the door the thieves pried open.  On the video, none of the suspects appears to be wearing gloves or a mask.

    "If you know them, you'd recognize them, " says Holland. "I think someone has got to recognize them and call in."

    Detectives said one suspect is believed to be around 18 to 20 years old, 5' 10" to 6 feet tall, and a thin build. He was last seen wearing a beige sweatshirt. The other suspect is described as being about 40-years-old, 6 feet tall, 200 lbs. and wearing a dark hat and green shirt.
    They were seen driving away in a white pick up truck.

    The suspects got away with $3,000.