EXCLUSIVE: Video shows thieves using backhoe to break into Oakland store with clerk inside

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023
EXCLUSIVE: Thieves use backhoe to break into Oakland store
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Surveillance video shows the moment when thieves crashed a backhoe into the window of the Oakland AMPM store in attempt to steal the ATM.

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Oakland police need your help after a brazen robbery attempt at a convenience store.

Surveillance video shows a backhoe crashing through the bulletproof glass of the AMPM store in the 800 block of West Grand Avenue in West Oakland on Monday morning. The glass broke inches in front of the a store clerk's face.

Video shows the backhoe then tearing apart an ATM.

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"They tore up the whole front! That's at least $70,000 worth of damage," said Ali Abdulla, who is the owner of the AMPM store that was damaged. Abdulla chose not to show his face due to safety concerns. He says the clerk who was working is okay.

Outdoor surveillance video shows the masked individuals first breaking into the store with the backhoe, then backing a white pick up truck to the entrance. Soon, they can be seen pulling out a chain to connect to the damaged ATM. Abdulla says the chain wasn't long enough to connect to the ATM so when the would be thieves heard sirens, at least one jumped into the back of a pick-up truck and drove off without taking anything.

"I was born and raised in Oakland, I'm 51 years old and I've never seen nothing like this. I think the only way you can run a business in Oakland is - as soon as you close, you sleep in your store and stay locked and loaded with an AK-47 and just be ready because the police is not coming on time and I'm not blaming the police because there's just not enough of them out there," says Abdulla.

He says he is frustrated by the thousands of dollars worth of damage to his store, and also upset over what has happened to other businesses in Oakland. He wants to know where his tax dollars are going when it comes to public safety.

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"This is not what we were promised, this is not the American dream, I don't see the American dream, I think it's American nightmare right now!"

When officers arrived, the backhoe was still there, but no signs of the vandals and a heavily damaged store.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the OPD Burglary Unit at (510) 238-3951.

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