WARREN, Mich. – Surveillance footage captured thieves use a Dodge Ram pickup truck to smash into a Warren party store just before 5 a.m. Thursday
The store is located on 9 Mile Road at Marmon Street.
William Dwyer, the Warren police commissioner, said he's sick of this type of smash-and-grab and he's getting together with other police departments to try to figure out a solution.
Tom Salem and his brother Nick own the Korner party store. They were afraid they could become a victim of a smash-and-grab.
The thieves used a stolen pickup truck at 4:40 a.m. to crash through the storefront. Two men exited the truck and went straight to the ATM. Nick and Tom, knowing it was a target, had already emptied the money from the ATM.
The thieves fled, leaving the pickup truck behind.
The thieves caused an estimated $20,000 worth of damage to the funeral home and left with nothing.
The brothers were planning to install large cement pillars, "in a couple days," to prevent a burglary like this from happening.
This attempted smash-and-grab robbery is just one of several reported in Metro Detroit over the past few months. Police are investigating whether this incident is related to a similar one at the same time Thursday morning in Detroit. Someone slammed a vehicle into Lynch Liquor Store on Van Dyke near I-94.