“This store right here`s our livelihood,” ATM stolen through window at mom and pop shop

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CLEVELAND COUNTY, Okla.-- An investigation underway after brazen burglars steal an ATM through a front window.

The Sooner Country Store, in Rural Cleveland County near Noble, is a lifeline for customers.

"We don`t have very many stores around in our area," said Rodney Johnson, stopping in for a quick bite.

"This store right here`s our livelihood," exclaimed Christopher Lee, who lives nearby.

Turns out the store is a one stop shop, for customers and criminals alike.

It was early in the morning July 2nd, with surveillance cameras rolling, two suspects made a bee line for the ATM.

"Our office received a call from a passerby who saw that the window outside of the Sooner Country Store had been smashed," explained Meghan Jackson with the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office. "It looked like these two individuals definitely were familiar possibly with the store."

For the next several minutes, the bumbling burglars took a number of tries swiping the machine, ultimately making a mess.

Eventually the machine was wrapped with a chain, tethered to a truck outside, and dragged through the front window.

The mom and pop shop is now out $10,000.

"To see something like that hurts me because they’re a family owned business," said Johnson. "It’s just sad to see something like this happen to good people."

Authorities believe the suspects drove away in a dark pickup truck, with possibly an extended cab.

Anyone with information should contact the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office.

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