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Crime Stoppers offers reward for ATM bandit info
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The Smithville Police Crime Stoppers program is offering a reward for information that can help them solve the attempted theft of an ATM machine at Jewel’s Market on South Congress Boulevard last week.The police department said that all tips accepted anonymously and information leading to an arrest in the case could net some concerned citizen a reward of up to $1,000.The would-be robbers apparently broke into the office and took the keys to a Chevy Tahoe from Glynns Auto Sales on West Broad Street, then drove the stolen SUV to Jewel’s Market, backed it through the front entrance of the business and into the building around midnight on Dec. 6, causing significant damage to the building.The duo then tried to steal the ATM machine inside, but their activities were cut short by the arrival of officers of the Smithville Police Depart-ment.The two then fled into nearby woods on foot, abandoning the ATM machine and stolen Tahoe outside the store while they made their escape.According to employees of the market, nothing else appeared to have been taken from the store but the ATM, which had not been operational for some time and contained no cash.Anyone with information on any criminal activity is asked to contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 464-6046.Any information received that would help the Smithville Police solve any criminal offense will be greatly appreciated. All information is confidential.Meanwhile, Bradley Harold Pugh, 33, and 31-year-old Rhonda Michelle King were issued citations for simple possession on Dec. 7.While assisting the sheriff's department, a Smithville police officer stopped a vehicle matching the description of the car involved in an assault earlier that evening.According to the police department, Pugh, the driver of the vehicle gave verbal consent to search the automobile, and the officer found a tin box containing several pills believed to be illegal narcotics.Another pill believed to be illegal narcotics was reportedly found on King, a passenger in the vehicle.The two will appear in court on Jan. 31.Jo Carol Summers, 26, was issued a citation for shoplifting at Dollar General Store on Nov. 27.An employee allegedly spotted Summers in the act of concealing items from the store in her purse.She will appear in court on Jan. 3.