SPANISH FORT, AL (WLOX) - A van stolen from a daycare was used to smash through the front of an unoccupied gas station early Tuesday morning. Investigators in Spanish Fort, Alabama said the thieves were trying to steal an ATM.
The attempted heist happened around 1:30 a.m. at a BP gas station along Spanish Fort Boulevard. A witness saw the men ram the van into the station at least four times. The witness saw an officer filling up at a nearby gas station and reported the crime.
The officer called for backup then drove to the scene, where he saw two men attempting to lift the ATM into the van. The officer said the men dropped the machine when they saw him, got in the van, where a waiting driver pulled away.
Authorities later learned that the van had been stolen from a nearby child care center.