Thieves Target Eastern Market’s ATM Last Night
by Larry Janezich
According to sources, individuals entered Eastern Market last night somewhere around 3:00am and took an undetermined amount of cash from the ATM machine in the South Hall. MPD was called in immediately upon discovery of the theft; it is believed that police are reviewing videotape for possible identification of suspects. How the thieves entered the market is uncertain. The suspects may have been crawling inside the market to avoid being captured on video. If true, that could indicate a familiarity with the location of security cameras.
Security has been a concern at the market – the North Hall is a popular venue which is rented out to help support market operations and sometimes events last into the early hours of the morning. In addition, vendors in the North Hall have pressed for and received from the Department of General Services (DGS), greater access to their stalls during off hours.
CHC reached out to DGS public relations some 12 hours after the alleged break-in and received the usual, “I’ll get back to you.” The reply, when it came, read only: “MPD was called and came out, conducted their standard procedure, and wrote a report.”