ATM thefts believed to be connected

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Rack and Grill owner Chris Kuneman hadn't seen anything like this in the six years he's been in business. Around 2:30A.M. Sunday morning, two people drove a pickup truck right into his restaurant.

Kuneman said, "They backed into it, backed into it six times, then went inside, tried to steal an ATM, and tried to break it lose. They left with nothing but a broken truck."

Deputies said, minutes before, they think three or four men stole that truck from someone on Heathers Way, then ran into a Citgo gas station on Mike Padgett Highway and stole items inside.

Just five days later, Thursday, Sgt. Michael McDaniel said another Ford pickup truck went missing.

"The 30th of January, another Ford pickup truck was stolen and was used to force entry into 2228 Rosier Road, where an ATM was stolen. That ATM was recovered at the Tobacco road Elementary School."

Sgt. McDaniel said there are several similarities between Sunday and Thursday. No suspects have been named yet, but deputies think the incidents are connected. Meanwhile for Kuneman, the damage is adding up.

He said the damage could range anywhere from 30 to 60 thousand dollars.

These have all been early morning incidents, when the businesses are closed. No one has been injured. If you have any information, contact the Richmond County Sheriff's Office at 706-821-1080 or the Criminal Investigation Division at 706-821-1020.