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Attempted ATM theft at CVS prompts neighboring businesses to take precautions

Posted at 5:53 PM, Nov 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-30 12:19:24-05

BALTIMORE — There has been another attempted ATM theft in Baltimore City, this time at a CVS in the Hamilton area.

Attempted ATM thefts have become a new trend throughout Baltimore, prompting some business owners to find creative ways to deter criminals from stealing them.

The latest incident happened Sunday just before 5am, when a van rammed into the front of the CVS on Harford Road near Gibbons Avenue. In this case the theives were unsuccessful in their attempt to steal the ATM machine inside the store.

Police said the van they used happened to be stolen and was still running when officers arrived. No arrests have been made.

So far in 2021 there have been 30 ATM thefts and 32 more attempted thefts.

Now business owners like Jose Garcia are concerned about what could happen to their property.

“I’m very concerned, about Baltimore city and how the uptick of crime is taking off like there’s no tomorrow. It was alarming and I’ve heard it’s going around the city and this is just too close to home,” Garcia said.

Others who live in the community, including Anthony Tosheff are hopeful the thefts will end soon.

“I just hope things like that don’t continue to happen or happen a lot but for the most part as a quiet area and that aspect of crime,” Tosheff said.

In the meantime, many businesses in the area are making changes ahead of the holiday to avoid being the next target.