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11 men charged in Cleveland in ATM theft ring

by Associated Press on August 17, 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors in Cleveland say 11 men have been charged with racketeering and other counts for their alleged involvement in an ATM theft ring that authorities say netted tens of thousands of dollars.

An indictment unsealed Tuesday lists 10 ATM thefts or attempted thefts with nine occurring this year at stores in four northeast Ohio counties.

All 11 suspects are from Cleveland.

The indictment says the group typically stole cargo vans, drove to targeted locations late at night and used the vans to smash through storefronts and loosen ATMs from their moorings. Ring members would drive off with the machines and use power tools, pry bars and cutting torches to access the cash.

Employees and customers were at some of the stores during the thefts.

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This story has been corrected to show that prosecutors say men have been charged, not prosecutors have indicted.

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