ATM taken from Valley grocery store

Published 11:56 am Tuesday, November 21, 2017

VALLEY, Ala. — At 3:02 a.m. on Tuesday a stolen 1999 white Dodge Ram backed into the front glass foyer of Givorns Foods on Fairfax Bypass in Valley, then proceeded to pull out, turn around and enter the building through the same foyer area nose-first. Two African-American suspects were caught on video surveillance removing an ATM from the store, loading the ATM into the back of the stolen vehicle and driving away.

“We received an alarm at 3:02 am,” Valley Police Chief Tommy Weldon said on Tuesday morning. “Officers responded immediately. Entry had been made into the building at the front glass foyer area, the ATM had been removed and the suspects were gone. The suspects were in the store for approximately six minutes.”

Officers arrived at the scene at approximately 3:10 a.m., at which point the suspects had fled. The white Dodge Ram was reported stolen on Monday from Covington, according to Weldon. Officers with the Valley Police Department were able to get the tag numbers for the truck from the surveillance footage from Givorn’s, which helped them quickly identify the vehicle had been reported stolen.

The VPD will begin immediately working with authorities in the Covington area to ascertain more information as to the vehicle’s owner, and potentially glean more information as to the identities of the men who stole the vehicle. No arrests had been made as of press time Tuesday night, and the identities of the suspects remained unknown at that time.

“The truck has taken damage to the front, front right and back areas,” Weldon said. “If the truck is located quickly, that will obviously help.”

While the theft and subsequent damage is surreal and difficult to comprehend, store owner Shelvie Givorns is thankful no one was hurt in the process.

“I’m just thankful nobody was hurt, none of my employees,” Givorns said. “They mean a lot more than this [stuff.] Everything is replaceable and some day, they’ll pay for all of this. To me, it’s almost unreal.”

Customers didn’t get a chance to see all of the broken glass because the store was cleaned up and open by 7 a.m.

“They could’ve broken a window and come in like they normally do, but these people caused some severe damage,” co-manager Destiny Hendricks said.

While the store is still reeling from the events from early this morning, Givorns opened as usual Tuesday morning at 7 a.m.

“We’ve been open since normal time. I don’t know how we’re going to close, but we’re open,” Hendricks said.