CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - An investigation into more than 50 ATM smash and grabs in the Cleveland area led police to Wade Park gang members.
Troskey Banks, 19, conspired to carry out dozens of smash and grabs, according to court records. Banks was charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
The group has been involved in these crimes from September 2015 through October of this year, according to the documents. In several smash-and-grab cases, surveillance cameras caught the criminals in action as they rammed minivans into stores and smashed through the windows. They then got out and grabbed the ATM before getting away in another van.
Police said surveillance video caught Banks and his accomplices crashing a vehicle into Loan Max on Cedar Avenue in Cleveland Heights in September. Police said they found a brick in the van used in the smash and grab that matches Banks' DNA.
In July, Banks and five other accomplices crashed a vehicle into the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, according to court records. The crime was caught on surveillance video, and a confidential informant told police Banks was there.
Earlier this month, suspects held employees at gunpoint as they stole ATMs from several businesses, police said.
Cleveland police worked with several other local law enforcement agencies on the smash-and-grab cases, which they linked to Wade Park gang members.
Banks' bond was set at $250,000.
On Monday, Cleveland 19 talked to two victims of smash-and-grab crimes. A store owner in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland said she doesn't have insurance to cover the damage after her ATM was ripped out of the wall. On the east side of Cleveland, a woman said her minivan was stolen from her driveway and used in a smash and grab. She still has not gotten her van back.
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