Man arrested after allegedly breaking through wall, stealing ATM from gas station

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A thief desperate for some quick cash finds out stealing an ATM probably isn't the best way to get it.

Wednesday morning, deputies said a man broke through the wall of a gas station at I-35 and Hefner.

Surveillance video shows the lengthy efforts he went through in order to break the ATM free.

“I saw a giant hole on the back side of the building, and I didn't believe myself,” said Sudip Roy, the gas station owner.

The massive hole in the back of his Conoco station was quite shocking.

But, his surveillance cameras show what happened early Wednesday morning.

Around 6 a.m., the cameras captured the wall moving.

Minutes later, a man busts through the wall.

Over the next half hour, the cameras roll as the suspect allegedly hooks a chain around the ATM and tries again and again to pull it out of the building.

He was seen pacing by the large hole before allegedly grabbing more chain and yanking the ATM loose.

Deputies said the suspect, Aaron Peterson, used what's called a skid loader to then drive off with the ATM.

“Looks like he put it on the front loader part and then drove all the way down the access road underneath the highway and then back down on the other side of the highway to put it in his vehicle,” said Mark Opgrande with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.

It was about that time an Oklahoma County deputy was driving down I-35 near Hefner and spotted that suspect.

“(He) didn't have its lights on, wasn't sure what it was doing,” Opgrande said. “The skid load driver looked at him, drove the skid loader into the ditch and took off running.”

Peterson was caught a short time later.

Deputies said he was out on bond when the crime occurred.

Peterson was arrested for two other burglaries, including one at Wilshire gun range.

Sudip and friends worked hard trying to clean up the mess at the gas station and make sure this store can stay open.

“I have to make business," Sudip said. "Who will bring the money?”

Deputies said the suspect was not able to get any money out of the machine.

Also, they tell us that skid loader he was using was also stolen.

Peterson is now facing charges of malicious injury and destruction of property, two counts of possession of stolen property, second-degree burglary and obstructing an officer.