Would-Be Thieves Try to Steal ATM From Santee Store

The incident happened around 4:40 a.m. at a Walgreens on Mission Gorge Road

Would-be thieves left a big mess behind at a Santee Walgreens store Tuesday morning after they attempted to steal an ATM near the entrance, but failed.

A security alarm rang out at a Walgreens located at 9305 Mission Gorge Rd. around 4:40 a.m. When deputies with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department arrived, they discovered at least four windows at the store had been smashed out.

The suspects had attempted to steal an ATM near the front of the store, but were unsuccessful, deputies said. It appeared they had wrapped a 20-foot chain around the Navy Federal Credit Union ATM in attempt to pull it out of the ground, but the plan did not work.

Deputies said the suspects fled the scene, possibly in a four-door, red pickup truck. No descriptions of the suspects were immediately available, but officials did say the suspects were two men.

No one was injured in the near-heist.

This is the third incident involving at attempted ATM theft in San Diego this month.

On June 11, someone tried to steal an ATM from a CVS store at Poway and Pomerado roads around 3 a.m. On June 3, two unknown men attempted to pull an ATM from inside a Rancho Penasquitos store using a heavy chain and a pickup truck, but also failed.

It is unknown, at this point, if the incidents are related. The investigation is ongoing.

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