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Surveillance video shows man crashing into store, stealing ATM

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Waterloo Police are looking to see if three different crash-and-grabs at convenient stores are connected. 

The first crash happened Thursday, when a van smashed into Texas Street Mart, 4335 Texas St. Waterloo Police Captain David Mohlis says the thieves left empty-handed.

On Friday, thieves smashed a car through the doors of the Prime Mart on Marigold Drive around 12:25 a.m.

Workers at the store say surveillance video shows a car drive into the front entrance. People then tried to steal a gaming machine. Workers say, in the end, nothing was stolen from the store, but there is significant damage to the entrance. 

Most recently, Waterloo Police responded to a building alarm at B&B East, 1615 Bishop Avenue, Sunday morning around 6:32 a.m. Police say a white van smashed into the doors of the building. 

Surveillance video shows the thieves crash right into the front of the store. The masked suspects the drag the ATM out of the store. Then, a second camera shows them struggling to stuff the ATM in the car. After a few attempts, the drive off with the ATM. 

Captain Mohlis says thieves were able to leave with the ATM machine, and nothing else. 

In a  recent development, police now say a van set on fire in Bremer County may be the getaway car used in one of these stings. 

Waterloo police are still investigating. 

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