Car crashes through gas station during string of attempted ATM thefts in North Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police have released information about a string of attempted ATM thefts in North Memphis.

The attempted thefts all happened early Monday morning.

At 5:03 am, officers responded to a Mapco at 3703 Jackson Street, where a black Ford truck had hit the building in an attempt for the suspects to steal the ATM.

The would-be thieves were unsuccessful.

The suspects, identified as four men, were in a grey Toyota Sienna, a black Ford (possibly an F-150), and a grey Toyota minivan.

Less than 45 minutes later, police responded to 3240 Thomas Street, where a black Ford truck hit the building in an attempt to steal the ATM.

Four men in the same three vehicles were identified as suspects, police said.

At 6:07 a.m., police responded to a BP gas station at 2626 N. Watkins St. about an attempted ATM theft.

A black Ford truck plowed through the building. FOX13′s cameras were at the scene to capture photos of the damage.

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The same four men in the three cars were identified as suspects.

One man from Frayser described the crime spree as “sad.”

“It’s sad, three stores in one hour and you’re failing back to back, I don’t know really what to say,” he said. “It’s a sad situation because I’m from Frayser, born and raised and when I do come back up here to see stuff like this it’s devastating to see stuff like this because it’s hurting the community.”

He said criminals who do the crime need to do the time.

“You messed up people’s franchise and that cost money, even though they may have insurance, but it’s all messed up because it’s still making the community look bad. "

A clerk at the M Market, the second business targeted, said a worker’s truck was totaled when bricks hit it after the thieves rear-ended the building.

“I did have some customers playing the (gambling) machines so when the truck impacted the wall it kind of scared them,” the clerk said. “The wall kind of shook. Most of them are fine, some of them had little injuries because it hit their knees and hands when they were playing the machine.”

The clerk has a message to the would-be thieves:

“Was it worth it, ask your selves, was it worth it at the end of the day? Everybody was getting up, going to work, something you should do, ask yourselves behind walls, probably there for a couple of years, ask yourself is it worth it?”

The investigation into the crime spree is ongoing, police said.

If you have any information contact Crime Stoppers at 901.528-CASH.