Bandits hit Midtown smoke shop, run off with Bitcoin ATM (Update)

But was there any cash in the machine to begin with?

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? A Bitcoin ATM was stolen late last night by two hooded suspects, one of whom was armed, from Midtown’s Village Smoke Shop.  
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? A surveillance video of the incident at the Juniper Street shop shows one of the suspects unplugging the machine and picking it up before hauling it out the door. According to Atlanta Police Department Spokeswoman Elizabeth Epsy, one of the suspects fired a shot into the smoke shop’s floor when they were confronted by employees. No one was injured.
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? Espy says the two men then joined two additional suspects who were waiting in a red, late 80s Chevrolet Cavalier. The vehicle then headed east on Linden Avenue from Willow Street.
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? Amanda McCollum, an employee of six months, was working when the crime occurred. She said the two suspects “walked in, went straight to the Bitcoin ATM, took it and only it, and walked out.”
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? ??? Bitcoin is a type of virtual currency that has been used to purchase items online ranging from drugs to even a house. She said people would come into the store with stacks of cash equaling hundreds or thousands of dollars and use the ATM to convert their money from paper to digital.
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?McCollum says the man who services the machine told employees after the robbery took place that he had emptied the ATM a couple hours earlier. However, Espy later told Creative Loafing that the “owner advises between $2,000 or $3,000 in US currency was taken and the machine is valued at $7,000.”
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? McCollum said the store has seen petty thefts before — last week an employee’s wallet was stolen — but that last night’s incident was the first time a gun was involved.
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? McCollum says the shop will likely take measures to beef up security, such as hiring a nighttime security guard, putting bars on the windows, and repositioning and adding additional cameras. She says the shop won’t replace the Bitcoin ATM anytime soon.
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? APD currently has no leads. But Epsy says the police hope by circulating the surveillance video, someone will recognize the suspects and it will lead to their arrest. Anyone who has information in this case is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Bowers at 404-546-2469. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477 for a potential reward.
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?NOTE: This post has been updated to include the estimated value of the machine and amount of money it contained.