ATM stolen in smash and grab at Westland Walgreens

It's happened again and the boarded up window tells the story.

Another ATM was stolen, this time at the Walgreens in Westland at Middle Belt and Warren.

Lt. Matthew Price of the Westland Police Department spoke about how the smash and grab occurred.

"They steal a car, usually a mini van in order to load the ATM up at," he said. "They back the ATM up into the glass windows to make entry, usually at the same time knock the ATM off its base."

"They take it to a different location, cut into it using a sawzall, they cut  and there is a cash box in there. They take the cash out and load the ATM up in the stolen vehicle, take the vehicle somewhere else and torch the whole thing." 

The suspects are still at large, but police say they recovered the stolen van used for the incident and are doing forensic work looking for evidence.

As the investigation continues, police say there could be a link to several other recent cases.

Investigators say the Westland case could be connected to two in Detroit and one in Taylor.

"We're trying to connect all these together," Price said.

And there are other cases, like an ATM stolen from a Rite-Aid in Dearborn last November and another one stolen from a Secretary of State office last October, also in Dearborn.

The former head of the Detroit FBI office offers this advice for investigators working the various cases.

"They are usually related, it is usually a gang or a group of individuals," said Andrew Arena, of the Detroit Crime Commission. "The key to an investigation like this is, if there are multiple agencies, are they coordinating, getting information together (and finding if) there are similarities or not."
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