Group accused of 50 to100 ATM thefts across Northeast Ohio
CLEVELAND-- Eleven men were indicted in an ATM theft ring following raids in Cleveland.
The Cleveland Division of Police and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office held a news conference on the operation Wednesday morning.
The 11 suspects face a 74-count indictment for 10 robberies. Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said they believe the group stole between 50 and 100 ATMs.
"We were greatly worried that somebody was going to get killed. These guys drive recklessly," McGinty said. "It's a recipe for disaster."
Police are still looking for three of the men: Elijah Reid, Earl Davis and Jarrell Jackson.
"Several of these individuals have been suspects all along. We were waiting for enough information to put it together," McGinty said.
The suspects used stolen vans to smash into convenience and drug stores, according to the indictment. The suspects then dragged out the ATMs, getting away with hundreds of thousands of dollars, police said. The crimes started in February 2011 and spanned Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, Summit and Stark counties.
The most recent was at a Strongsville gas station earlier this month.
On Tuesday, police from Cleveland, Parma and Strongsville raided several locations related to the smash-and-grabs. At a house on Pratt Avenue, investigators found pieces of broken ATMs inside.
If convicted, the suspects face at least 19 years in prison. More charges are expected.
Watch a video of the press conference at Fox8.com