Plus contents, stolen from gas station

$8,500 ATM,

July 28, 1998|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

The early-morning clerk at Micky's Citgo knew something was wrong when the lock fell out of the door as she put the key in it shortly before 5 a.m. yesterday. Once inside, there was more: The automated teller machine was gone, too.

The ATM, owned by the Narutowicz family, which operates the five-building Micky's complex in Edgemere, was ripped out of the floor by burglars during the night. The Micky's facility, which has a colorful past, includes a gas station, liquor store, coin-operated laundry and carwash.

The free-standing ATM, which weighed about 125 pounds, was knocked over and ripped away from the bolts holding it to the floor, said Michael Narutowicz. The machine was valued at $8,500 and held $610, he said.

"It's a secure vault but it's not a heavy weight," he said yesterday.

"They went in undetected -- they bypassed the alarm," Narutowicz added. "They tried to make it look like there was no break-in at all -- they reinserted the lock in the door."

Police said that the burglary occurred during the night at the gas station in the 5100 block of North Point Blvd. Also taken in the robbery were 24 cartons of cigarettes, said Baltimore County police spokesman Sgt. Kevin B. Novak.

Police have made no arrests, and the investigation is continuing, Novak said.

Micky's has another unusual event in its history. In 1992, owner James Narutowicz gave a patron a grenade-shaped device, believing it was a novelty item that would play "Happy Birthday." When the patron pulled the pin, the device filled the store with tear gas and smoke, sending at least 30 customers fleeing into the parking lot.

Pub Date: 7/28/98

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