Police: 2 Thieves Steal ATM, Escape in Stolen South Bay Van

By Lisa Fernandez, Christie Smith and Shelby Hansen
|  Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013  |  Updated 8:30 AM PDT
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San Francisco police are looking for two men who they say literally ripped off an entire ATM machine and then fled in a van stolen from the South Bay. Christie Smith reports.

San Francisco police are looking for two men who they say literally ripped off an entire ATM machine and then fled in a van stolen from the South Bay. Christie Smith reports.

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San Francisco police are looking for two men who they say literally ripped off an entire ATM machine and then fled in a van stolen from the South Bay.

Officer Gorden Shyy said police were called out on Wednesday about 3:30 a.m. to the 2400 block of Fillmore after an ATM machine in front of the Mayflower Market had been physically ripped away from a from a blue tiled post in front of the store.

David Perez, who lives and works down the street, told NBC Bay Area that he saw  the van "front end" the machine, knocking it over on its side. He then said he saw the men throw the ATM into the back of the van and then head off.

Police were looking for the thieves, and ended up figuring out that they fled across the Bay Bridge, and then circled back to San Francisco at Treasure Island, driving the wrong way on the bridge, exiting at 5th and Bryant streets, where a chase ensued.

The van was eventually found at 19th and Missouri  streets in the Portrero Hill area of San Francisco, but no one was in it. The ATM was recovered.

But the men are still at large.
   
 

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