Thieves drag bolted ATM from Hammond business, steal cash

Thieves wrapped a chain around an automatic teller machine and yanked it from a business Sunday night, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Monday.

First, the people in the truck hooked the chain to the front door of Ryan’s Convenience Store and Deli and pulled the door down, employee Katelyn Bryant said.

Then they used the truck to drag the ATM out of the store and into the parking lot. There, they took the money and left the ATM, she said.

The ATM had been “bolted to the floor,” Bryant said. “They tore down a whole door and half a wall” in the process.

The business had shut down for the evening about 6 p.m. Sunday, and the incident occurred after 10 p.m., she said.

“I’m glad we weren’t here,” Bryant said.

By 2 p.m. Monday, the store had reopened with a boarded up front, and many of the people who came in just wanted to see what had happened, she said.

Bryant said she found out about the incident Sunday night when a friend sent her a Facebook message asking her what happened to the building.

About 10:30 p.m. Sunday, the Sheriff’s Office received several calls saying the front wall of the building at 43195 S. Range Road in Hammond had collapsed and the interior of the business was exposed, a Sheriff’s Office news release says.

Witnesses said a white pickup was backed to the building’s front entrance and was used to pull down the doors, according to the news release. Then the burglars wrapped a chain around the ATM and used the truck to pull it from the building, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The container holding the ATM’s money had been removed, the Sheriff’s Office said.

That’s all of the information that was available Monday afternoon, said Dawn Panepinto, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.

She asked that anyone having knowledge of the burglary contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 554-5245.