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Prince George’s County police are investigating two attempted ATM thefts that occurred Wednesday morning and their possible connection to two previous ATM thefts earlier in the month.

The first attempt occurred at about 4:50 a.m. at an Exxon gas station in the 4700 block of Allentown Road in Suitland, said Lt. William Alexander, a P.G. County police spokesman.

He said the ATM was outside of the gas station.

“They wrapped a chain around the machine in an attempt to rip it out of the ground,” Alexander said.

At 5:10 a.m. at a Citgo gas station in the 5700 block of Old Branch Avenue in Camp Springs, two men drove a truck into the side of the gas station, which was in an effort to knock down the ATM so it could be pushed onto the truck, Alexander said.

When police arrived on the scene, they saw two men wearing masks and dark clothing running away, Alexander said.

A police dog unit was sent out to track the men, but was unsuccessful, Alexander said.

The truck used to drive into the gas station has been recovered by police, who are investigating the case, Alexander said.

Police also are investigating whether the attempts were connected to ATM thefts that occurred Aug. 2 in Fort Washington and in Washington, D.C.

Surveillance video showed a dark-colored pick-up truck smash into the side of an Exxon gas station in Fort Washington.

Prince George’s County police spokeswoman Nicole Hubbard said that in the Fort Washington incident, the men pushed the ATM onto the truck bed and drove off.

alarkins@gazette.net