2 men steal restaurant ATM after using van to force open door, police say

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CHICAGO — Chicago police are searching for two men who stole an ATM on the city's South Side.

According to police, the pair drove a dark-colored van up to a restaurant in the 1900 block of East 95th Street in Calumet Heights around 2:20 a.m, Friday. A man walked into the RJ Sandwich Fish n' Chicken wearing dark clothes and gloves.

He then tied a rope to the ATM and hooked the rope to the minivan that was sitting outside. The driver of the van floored it and the ATM smashed through the door frame, which forces the man who tied the rope around it to fall over.

The man limped out of the restaurant, put the ATM in the back of the van, and got away.

The men then grabbed the ATM inside the restaurant and took off.

An hour before the man tied the rope around the ATM, the same man was seen on surveillance video removing the lock from the door.

The owner of the RJ Sandwich Fish 'n Chicken restaurant claims the ATM has about $3,000 inside. He said it's clear they knew exactly what they were doing; this happened all in about two minutes. He also said his restaurant had never been robbed before, and he plans on giving authorities surveillance video.

The restaurant opened for business this afternoon.

No one is in custody, and Area South detectives are investigating.

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