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Thief Uses Rope and SUV To Rip ATM Off Its Footing And Steal The Cash Machine

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CHRISTIANSTED – A thief lassooed an ATM with a rope and used his SUV to tear it off of its footing at a gas station in Peter’s Rest early this morning.

The 911 Emergency Call Center notified police at 3:52 a.m. Friday that a grand larceny incident had occurred at the Gateway Service Station located in Peter’s Rest.

Police went to the scene and met with an employee of Gateway who stated that at 3:47 a.m. he saw an older model, white-colored, SUV reverse into the service station, being operated by an unknown man wearing a black hoodie.

The man backed the SUV up to the ATM unit, got out and threw a large rope over it, according to police.

The man then got back into the vehicle and drove off; pulling the ATM unit from its housing as he drove off onto Centerline Road, dragging the unit behind him, police said.

The incident is under investigation by police detectives.

Anyone with information concerning this incident should call 911 or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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