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Thieves Caught on Camera Stealing ATM Machine

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Police in Houston are on the lookout for a trio of men who decided to take a go-big-or-go-home approach to stealing cash.

The men stole an entire ATM from a local food store in southwest Houston, breaking through the shop's glass windows and bars and loading the machine onto their truck.

Police discovered the ATM theft around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning after responding to an alarm at the Super Way Food Store. The store's windows were smashed and there was a hole where the ATM had been bolted to the floor.

"It was a mess," store clerk Linh Nguyen told ABCNews.com. "All the shelves had been pushed all the way back. Everything was fallen on the ground. There was broken glass and broken gates."

The store's surveillance cameras captured the theft, which reportedly took less than two minutes. A witness also told police that he saw three male suspects pull up in a green Ford F-250 pickup, according to local ABC affiliate KTRK-TV.

The men fled the scene.

The shop is now re-open for business.

"I've heard about it," Nguyen said, "but I never thought it was going to happen us."

Houston police have not responded to a request for comment.

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