Local store owners are being warned by the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department to watch out for possible suspects in two ATM robberies that have occurred recently.
The first robbery occurred either July 28 or July 29. According to a police report, Deputy Brian Isbell went to Midway Market on Hwy. 63 on a robbery call. The report states that the store was last checked at approximately 8 p.m. July 28 and discovered broken into at approximately 6:45 a.m. the next day.
When he arrived, Isbell reported that he met the owner, who stated “that someone broke into his business by prying and busting open the back door of the business…”
The owner estimated that approximately $300 worth of damage was done to the door and frame.
An ATM machine in the store was also pried open and an estimated $300 worth of damage done to it as well. The report states that $4,380 was taken from the ATM.
Items taken from the store included $175 in change and possibly some snuff cans and beer cans. They were of “unknown value because the owner wasn’t sure.”
In addition, the phone lines to the store were cut to prevent the alarm from notifying authorities. That damage was estimated to be at about $30.
Investigator Gary Ruszkowski also responded to the scene to gather evidence.
A second robbery occurred on Aug. 4. Deputy Shawn Noah was dispatched to Tiger Mart on Hwy. 63 for an alarm call around 3:30 a.m.
“When I arrived on scene, I witnessed the front door broke in and the ATM inside forced open,” Noah stated in his report.
Noah looked at the store’s videotape, which showed two male subjects with ski masks, gloves and dark clothing enter the store by forcing the front door open with a hatchet.
Upon entering, the report states that both males forced the ATM open using a hatchet and two crow bars. After getting the cash drawer from inside the ATM, both males exited through the same door they entered.
No other items were taken from the store, he stated.
The robberies are under investigation. If you have any information, you are asked to call the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department at 423-626-3385. All calls will remain confidential.
Marisa Anders may be reached at 423-626-3222 or on Twitter @newsgirl88.