Santa Monica police are looking for a man and a woman who allegedly stole an ATM machine from the minimart at an Exxon gas station at Cloverfield Boulevard and Michigan Avenue in Santa Monica Wednesday, December 6th.
The pair took off with the ATM machine containing an unknown amount of money, after the man rammed a large truck into the minimart building, dislodging the machine that was against the outside wall, Santa Monica police Captain Alex Padilla alleged.
There were no injuries reported in the incident.
Officers were called to the Exxon station, at 1776 Cloverfield Blvd., at 10:40 p.m., where witnesses said that a woman pulled up in a pickup truck to purchase gas and then walked into the minimart, Padilla said.
The woman walked out of the store a few minutes later and waved to a man who was driving a large truck, he said.
The man then drove his truck into the minimart, and after the ATM machine was dislodged, he took the part of the machine that contains the money and got into the woman’s vehicle, Padilla alleged.
The crash caused “moderate damage” but no structural damage to the building, he said.
Both suspects fled in the woman’s pickup truck, described as possibly a green or dark gray 2000 Chevrolet Silverado, but the man’s truck was left at the scene, Padilla said.
The truck was later towed to police impound.
Police are reviewing video footage from the station and are trying and determine how much money was taken in the ATM machine, Padilla said.
The female suspect is described as white, in her mid-20s and wearing a gray sweater.
The male suspect is described as white, in his mid-30s, six-feet-one, 160 pounds and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Santa Monica Police Department Robbery Homicide Unit at (310) 458-8451, or the watch commander’s office at (310) 458-8427.
Callers who wish to provide anonymous information may also call the We-Tip national hotline at 800-782-7463 (800-78-CRIME). Callers with information that leads to an arrest and conviction become eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.