Did thieves try to steal another ATM in Boring?

BORING, Ore. (KOIN) -- Days before an ATM was stolen from a food mart in Boring, surveillance video captured 2 men possibly trying to steal a different ATM at a different location.

Around 4:05 a.m. on January 20, two masked men are seen walking up to the door at Kelly's Corner Market on Orient Drive in Boring. They check the door, turn and walk away. About 22 minutes later, a pickup truck pulls up to the store. One man gets out of the truck with a sledgehammer, takes a few whacks at the door -- which has bars on it -- then scurries back to the truck, which drives away.

Nothing was taken in that incident.

Heejoo Han and her husband have owned Kelly's Corner Market for 4 years. They work long hours and don't have any employees. She said she was "very surprised" by the attempted theft.

"First time they come at like 4 in the morning (January 20). Two guys come to look at my door," she said. "I think they're looking for my ATM machine. Then they come back in 20 minutes and then they brought the big hammer."

Tracey Palmer, who owns a business in the same building as Kelly's Corner, told KOIN 6 News it's a very safe neighborhood and she was shocked.

"They drove up, they look in, came back later with a truck, backed in," Palmer said. "There was a big strap in the back of the truck, so it looked like they were going to strap an ATM machine and pull it out."

She said he thinks the bars on the doors helped stop the crime.

Heejoo Han also believes that. 

"We don't know why they stop, but we have the bars on the doors, so maybe they couldn't get in."

The owner of the Green Food Mart was not so lucky. 

Around 3 a.m. Monday, Clackamas County deputies were called to the store on Hwy 212 in Boring. By the time deputies arrived, the vehicle was gone -- and so was the ATM from inside the store. 

Young Kim, who has owned Green Food Mart for 8 years, said he loves the business because most of the "customers are very, very nice." 

"When I was here with the police officer, it was horrible. All the broken glass is on the floor, the door is broken, the merchandise fell down and the floor is messed up," Kim said. 

Kim said the police officer "assumed that the guy parked the truck at the front of my store and then the break-in and tied (the ATM) up with the chains and then dragged it outside."

The store's surveillance camera was broken before the theft happened.

When Green Food Mart gets a new ATM, it'll be placed in the back of the store, Kim said -- and out of view of the front door.

"We still have nice customers. They keep coming."

Anyone with information is asked to call 503.723.4949 or by using the online email form here. Please reference CCSO Case #18-2066.


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