by: Rob Sneed
CHICAGO — The hunt is on after overnight surveillance video captured a pair of brazen thieves stealing a gaming machine with thousands inside from a North Side gas station.
Video shows the crooks with a dolly steal a Redemption Machine, used to pay gaming winnings to customers from an Edgewater-area Marathon gas station.
Inside the machine was $17,000, according to management at the gas station located in the 6200 block of N. Clark St.
Authorities say after 3 a.m., a man wearing a mask entered the gas station. An employee told WGN News that the masked man went to the back, opened the back door, and a second suspect walked in with a dolly.
The suspect with the dolly then used his hand to indicate he was armed.
Surveillance video then shows the pair ripping the Redemption Machine from the wall, putting it on a dolly, and exiting the store.
The two suspects allegedly used a getaway car parked behind the gas station.
Authorities dispatched to the 3500 block of W. Peterson found a machine that appears to be the same one taken from the gas station.
No one was hurt.
Authorities did not release a suspect description. No one was in custody at last check.
The manager told WGN News he believes one of the suspects came inside the gas station just a day before to scope the store out.