Investigators in Cleveland County have arrested three people who they say used a stolen van to crash into a convenience store to steal an ATM.
The incident was reported at a convenience store on Washburn Switch Road just NW of Shelby, according to the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Alan Norman tells WBTV that the trio stole the van from Ambassador Baptist College around 2 a.m.
They then went to the convenience store and crashed through the front of the store to get to the ATM.
Deputies spotted the van a short time later with two of the suspects following it in a car.
Octavius Parks and Khadijah Banks were arrested by deputies without incident and were charged with larceny of motor vehicle, breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.
Norman said the driver of the van, identified as Anton Smith, jumped out of the van and ran away on foot.
Deputies arrested Smith around 3 p.m. He will be charged with same charges as Parks and Banks, Norman said.
Jimmy Conner, a friend of the owner of the business, told WBTV he is devastated for the family.
"The guy that owned the store has passed away and his wife has it now. She is just all in pieces so I don't know how she is going to come back from it. Money is tight anyway," Conner said.
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