CRIME

Van rams into CVS and steals ATM

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Police are looking for a van that rammed into a D.C. CVS early Monday morning and stole the ATM. It happened at around 4 a.m. on 12th St. & Newton St. NE. The van drove into the front glass door of the CVS, and was last seen driving on Route 50.

The ATM sign dangling from the ceiling was surrounded by smashed glass and twisted metal after the accident, as the front entrance of CVS in the heart of D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood had been obliterated by brazen thieves who used a van to smash and break in.

"When I got home, I was told they heard a loud noise -- I saw all the glass on the ground," said a nearby neighbor.

Police said that the explosive sound happened at 4 a.m., when the thieves drove the van through the entrance.

The CVS has reportedly been there for years. Once the Newton Theater, the historic landmark is now a crime scene. Police say that after demolishing everything in their path, the criminals stole the ATM inside the CVS and loaded it into the van.

Officials also add that it is conceivable that someone thought that they could get away that here, especially on a holiday. Catholic University students used to congregate just a few doors down on 12th at Pizza Kingdom – which recently suffered a fire and had to close. Now, there aren’t nearly as many people around.

But as the morning wore on, customers began to show up one after the other to pick up their medication. Managers had to come out to the crime scene to bring the much-needed medicine out to customers.

 No one was injured from the accident.

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