The Athens Police Department is investigating a break-in at a convenience store on South Palestine Street where a significant amount of cash was taken.
Department reports state that the burglary was reported shortly after 6 a.m. on Thursday when the Conoco station at 510 S. Palestine St. was preparing to open for the business day.
Officer James Graham was dispatched to the location, and spoke to the employee who discovered the intrusion as he arrived for work.
According to police reports, the thief entered the store by cutting a hole in the wall at the back of the building. Once inside, the thief was able to cut into an ATM machine in the store and take various bills. The amount of money taken from the machine was estimated at $6,450. The break-in was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division for follow-up.
Another burglary reported on Thursday morning involved a break-in of a vehicle in the 100 block of Laird Lane. Sgt. William E. Smith was dispatched to the location.
The resident said the break-in occurred between midnight and 10:30 a.m. The thief had taken her purse and removed its contents. The purse was found in the trash dumpster behind Hunan’s restaurant.