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Two men smash door, try to steal ATM

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Two men smashed the front door of a gas station Monday morning, causing thousands of dollars in damage. The store owner is asking for your to catch the culprits.

Nick Patel says the damage in break-ins like these is worse than what gets taken. The video shows two men on a mission for an ATM machine.

When they can't get it, they just cause more damage. The break-in happened around 4 in the morning at Super Shop on MLK Jr. Boulevard.

Two men rushed in with a hand truck to load up the ATM. They become frustrated when they realize it's bolted down and rip out the cash drawer instead.

For store owner Nick Patel, these crimes are frustrating.

"They broke the glass which was about $400. Then they broke the Ruby system which controls the gas pumps and everything. That costs about 5 or $6,000 itself," said Patel.

Patel hopes the public can help police catch these men and asks anyone with information about the crime to come forward.

"Because the public doesn't speak out in the open, I think that's why more crimes are becoming popular in Americus," said Patel.

The drawer is fixed and the glass is replaced, but Patel is still thinking of ways to safeguard his business.

"Next thing I think I would check on is motion sensor lights. Anyone, as soon as they enter, the lights would come on and I would get a better picture," said Patel.

He hopes it will prevent more crimes like this. Police said they are going to increase patrols in the area, but they're hoping for support from the community to help prevent and solve crimes like this. 

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