LAKE WYLIE — An ATM was stolen early Thursday morning from a Lake Wylie store and later recovered empty in Gastonia, according to a York County Sheriff's Office Report.
Officers responded at about 1 a.m. to Lake Wylie Mini Mart at 1168 Hwy. 274. Damages to the front of the building appeared to be caused by a vehicle. Merchandise and bricks littered the floor and front counter.
An ATM valued at $2,000 was missing. It had about $6,000 inside and had been bolted to the floor. Officers estimated the damage on-site at $3,000.
The machine was later found in the roadway at Bud Wilson Road in Gastonia, but the money was gone, the report states.
By 10 a.m. Thursday, the front entrance to the convenience station just south of the North Carolina line had been boarded. A two-man crew worked to install a new ATM and the store was open for business.
A manager said there were no injuries as the incident occurred when the store was closed.