Would-be ATM thief smashes van into Tukwila fun center

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by ROBERTA ROMERO and TRAVIS PITTMAN KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 13 at 10:21 AM

Someone trying to steal an ATM smashed a minivan into the Family Fun Center in Tukwila Wednesday morning.

It happened around 6:30 a.m. Tukwila police say the driver pulled away some planters in front of the entrance, then drove through the front door.

The driver rammed the ATM with the minivan, but was unable to get away with it.

Police arrived quickly and the suspect ran off, leaving the minivan and other evidence behind.

“The Fun Center has an excellent video surveillance system, which will also help,” said police spokesman Mike Murphy.

No description of the suspect was immediately released.

Police say the minivan is likely stolen. Damage to the fun center is estimated in the thousands of dollars, including a smashed door and skid marks on the floor.

Police say there wasn’t much money in the ATM.

The center was expected to be open, as usual, at noon.

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