Shocking video captures brazen crew busting into store with backhoe in doomed heist

Shocking video captures brazen crew busting into store with backhoe in doomed heist


Shocking surveillance video captured the moment a crew of brazen would-be crooks burst into a California convenience store using a massive backhoe — only to leave empty-handed as a terrified clerk looked on.

Footage of the Monday morning mayhem at the AMPM store in West Oakland shows the bucket of the construction vehicle crashing through bullet-proof glass and smashing an ATM machine while the unnamed clerk runs for his life, according to KGO-TV.

“They tore up the whole front!” storeowner Ali Abdulla told the outlet of the bungling crooks who eventually fled at the sound of sirens.

“That’s at least $70,000 worth of damage,” he noted, calling it a sign that the American dream was now an “American nightmare.”

The 51-year-old store owner said he “was born and raised in Oakland,” and had “never seen nothing like this.”

The clerk at AMPM convenience store in West Oakland, California, was sitting quietly at the counter on Monday when the bucket of a construction backhoe smashed through the window in front of him, forcing him to run for his life.

“I think the only way you can run a business in Oakland is, as soon as you close, you sleep in the store and stay locked and loaded with an AK-47 and just be ready because the police is not coming on time.

“And I’m not blaming the police,” he added. “There’s just not enough of them out there.”

The backhoe shattered the bullet-proof window at AMPM convenience store in West Oakland and smashed an ATM inside, pounding it into a pile of twisted metal during the Monday morning attempted heist by masked thieves.

Abdulla said his clerk, who was just inches from the glass when the backhoe first slammed into it and had to run for his life, was not injured in the attempted heist.

The backhoe bucket then pulverizes an ATM, reducing it to a pile of twisted metal.

One of the wannabe crooks dashed inside AMPM convenience store in West Oakland with a chain attached to a pickup truck outside — only to realize the chain was too short to wrap around the machine.

The masked thieves then back a pickup truck to the shattered window and try to wrap a chain around the battered ATM — only to realize the chain wasn’t long enough.

They panicked when they heard sirens converging on the scene, prompting one of the cooks to dive into the bed of the pickup truck while the driver screeched away empty-handed.

The masked crooks, hearing police sirens approaching the scene, jumped into a white pickup truck and fled, leaving the backhoe sitting in the parking lot of AMPM convenience store in West Oakland.

Police are still looking for the backhoe-driving wannabe crooks.

“This is not what we were promised,” Abdulla said. “This is not the American dream. I don’t see the American dream. I think it’s the American nightmare right now.”

Jorge Fitz-Gibbon

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