Almost like the opening to a joke, thieves walked into an ice cream parlor and hot dog stand combo restaurant to steal something ridiculous (your punchline goes here).

Thieves In Illinois Will Steal Anything From Anywhere and Anyone

I feel like the thieves in Illinois have kind of gone rogue. Back in the day, it was more of a Robin Hood thing like stealing from the rich. Now, it's a free-for-all. If it's not nailed down they're taking it, well, either way. Plus, everyone is a target.

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This story I'm about to share with you would never have happened in the past. Unfortunately, this is what the crime world in Illinois has become. There are much better places to rob than this local business. I have a great idea. How about everyone stop stealing from each other?

Stolen ATM Machine In Illinois
Stolen ATM Machine In Illinois
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According to 25newnow.com,

Illinois Thieves Steal ATM From Local Restaurant

A couple of days ago, a locally owned hot dog stand and ice cream parlor combo restaurant called Emo's Dairy Mart in Peoria was broken into. After a call from the police, the owners came down to their business to check out the situation. To their surprise, the thieves only took one thing. That was the ATM machine in the corner.

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The thieves got the heavy machine a couple of blocks before they gave up. They broke it open and took the money that was inside. No word on how much. There was some damage inside the restaurant by the suspects trying to get the ATM out the door.

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My mom once told me that "people will steal anything that's not nailed down." Times certainly have changed since then. The thieves now have nail removers.

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