'Crash and grab' for cash caught on camera in Reading

Thief took cash register from convenience store, police say

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Published: Nov 07 2012 12:03:50 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 07 2012 11:44:04 PM EST
Reading 'crash and grab'

Police are investigating yet another "crash and grab" theft in Reading.

Surveillance cameras were rolling shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday as a car crashed through the front window of the Valero gas station and convenience store at 2101 Centre Ave. in the city's Cathedral Heights neighborhood.

The store was closed at the time, but a passerby spotted the damage a little less than an hour later and notified police.

Investigators said they learned that the person behind the wheel of the car got out, took a cash register and unsuccessfully attempted to break into the ATM. The person then got back in the car and took off. No arrests have been made.

Surveillance video: 'Crash and grab' burglary in Reading

Police said they are looking into whether this latest "crash and grab" is related to similar thefts in the city in which stolen vehicles were used to break open automated cash machines.

Anyone with information about the case can call Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913. A cash reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.