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ATM Thieves Make Off With Machine in Brazen Theft Caught on Video

Chicago police are searching for thieves who stole an ATM machine from a Far South Side restaurant, but one of the bandits got more than they bargained for.

The incident took place at RJ Fish and Chicken in the 1900 block of East 95th Street in the city’s South Deering neighborhood. Surveillance video shows the thieves attaching straps to the ATM machine inside the store, and when the vehicle takes off, the thief is struck in the leg by the flying cash machine.

Despite the instant karma the thief experienced, the store is still dealing with the tough aftermath as the front of the store was badly damaged by the brazen thieves.

“When I first came, everything was destroyed,” employee Enrique Rodriguez said. “Then, I realized there was no ATM machine.”

Rodriguez was working at the store the night of the theft, and said that he had locked up the store less than an hour before police called him to inform him about the incident.

“It’s crazy. I just left here and then that happened,” he said.

Police have not identified any suspects in the theft. Store management believes that there was approximately $2,000 inside of the ATM when it was stolen.

Rodriguez is now working with insurance to help cover the cost of repairing the front of the restaurant as authorities continue their investigation.

“I hope the guys get caught,” he said. “I mean, everyone is just trying to come here to eat.”

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