Authorities in Parkersburg investigating second ATM theft

PARKERSBURG – The Parkersburg Police Department is investigating the theft of an automated teller machine from a south Parkersburg convenience store early Tuesday morning.

Parkersburg police officers were dispatched to an intrusion alarm at the BP Station at West Virginia 95 and Rayon Drive around 12:54 a.m. Tuesday, arriving on scene about three minutes later, said police Sgt. Greg Collins.

Officers observed the front doors to the business were destroyed and the ATM machine was missing.

“The initial review of the video surveillance footage shows a vehicle, possibly a SUV, back up to the front doors,” Collins said. “One male suspect enters the store after breaking the glass out of the front door. A chain was wrapped around the ATM with the vehicle successfully pulling it loose and through the front doors on the second attempt. The suspects then loaded the ATM into the vehicle and fled the scene,” he said.

The ATM was later recovered by Parkersburg officers in the 1800 block of Pettyville Road after someone called the 911 Center and advised they had located it, Collins said. The money had been removed.

“It appears that at least three suspects were involved in this crime, with one possibly wearing a camouflage jacket, blue jeans and a bandanna around his face,” he said.

The video surveillance footage was being processed and analyzed, detectives were following up on possible leads and the department’s evidence technician was detailing the crime scene, Collins said. There was no estimate on the extensive damage to the store or the exact amount of money taken from the ATM.

An ATM was taken in the same manner from the Certified gas station at 1607 Dupont Road during the early morning hours of Jan. 31. No arrests have been made in that case.

“Both ATM thefts are believed to be linked to the same suspects at this time,” Collins said.

It appears several cars may have gone by the store while the crime was in progress. Anyone with information is asked to call the Parkersburg Police Department at 304-424-8444. Anonymous tips can also be left at www.parkersburgpolice.com.