Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an alarm call at the Stop and Save at 1497 Bloxham Cutoff Road in Crawfordville at 1:22 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 and discovered a forced entry at the establishment, according to Sheriff Donnie Crum.
Deputy Sean Wheeler discovered the front door of the business completely destroyed and glass scattered all over the parking lot. The front panel of an ATM machine was located in the parking lot along with newspaper racks that had been inside the store.
Lt. Sherrell Morrison and Sgt. Danny Harrell determined that a white male, dressed in black and wearing gloves and a ski mask, used a sledge hammer to break the glass of the entrance door. The suspect attached a chain to the ATM and snatched the machine out of the store. During the burglary, the entire door frame was destroyed.
Evidence was collected at the scene. Damage to the store was estimated at $3,000. The ATM was valued at $2,500. It has not been determined how much money was inside the ATM at the time it was stolen. Detective Lorne Whaley and Crime Scene Investigator Rae Eddens also investigated as the investigation continues.