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Final suspect arrested in Pitt County ATM heists

Investigators: Burglars smashed Walgreens' front doors, pulled out ATMs

GREENVILLE & WINTERVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Authorities have arrested the final suspect in connection to a pair of ATM heists at Walgreens stores in Pitt County.

According to Winterville Police, they worked with Greenville Police, Freemont Police and the Wilson County Sheriff's Offices to arrest 24-year-old Mark Allen Clark in Wilson County Thursday afternoon. He will be transported back to Pitt County.

Investigators said Clark is one of three men who broke into two Walgreens- one in Greenville and another in Winterville- on Sept. 12 and 13. Police said the suspects ripped out the ATMs inside the stores. They were able to open the machines and made off with $26,000, according to authorities.

Clark's girlfriend, Lindsay Saul, of Old Kenly Road in Pikeville, was arrested on Wednesday, investigators said. She has been charged with felony accessory after the fact and harboring fugitives. Saul was placed in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $200,000 bond.

Clark's brother, 28-year-old Shane Michael Clark, of Goldsboro, has also been arrested. Another suspect, 32-year-old Christopher Hoover, of Florida, was taken into custody by the Pitt County Sheriff's Office on Oct. 12.

Shane Michael Clark has been charged with safecracking, breaking and entering, larceny, injury to real property, fleeing and eluding arrest, possession of stolen goods, and resisting a public officer, among other charges.

Hoover faces multiple charges, including felony safecracking, felony flee/elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of stolen goods, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, larceny, injury to real property, breaking and entering, and possession of burglary tools.

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Police have identified two more suspects in a pair of ATM heists at Walgreens stores in Pitt County.

According to Greenville Police, brothers Shane Michael Clark, 28, and Mark Alan Clark (above), 24, both of Goldsboro, were involved in the break-ins between Sept. 12 and 13.

Investigators said the suspects first smashed through the front door of the Walgreens at the corner of Greenville Boulevard and Evans Street in Greenville. They then dragged out the store's ATM before heading to another Walgreens at 4211 Highway 11 in Winterville, where they stole another ATM, said police. The suspects were able to open the machines and made off with $26,000, according to investigators.

The suspects also stole a pick-up truck from a Greenville car lot to make their escape, police said.

Shane Clark has been arrested, but his brother, Mark, is still at large, according to investigators. Anyone with information on the wanted suspect is asked to call Greenville Police at 252-329-4315 or Pitt-Greenville CrimeStoppers at 252-758-7777.

Also arrested for the break-ins is 32-year-old Christopher Earl Hoover, of Florida, who was booked into jail on Oct. 12.

All three suspects are facing charges of breaking and entering, larceny, felony safecracking, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Shane Clark has at least 27 prior arrests dating back to 2003, said police. Meanwhile, Mark Clark has at least 25 prior arrests dating back to 2005.

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A man identified as one of the suspects in two Pitt County ATM heists has been captured.

According to police, 32-year-old Christopher Hoover, of Florida, is in custody at the Pitt County Detention Center.

Hoover was booked on Saturday, October 12th. That's exactly a month after police say Hoover and his accomplice(s) allegedly broke into the Greenville Walgreens and ripped out the ATM. Police say the suspects then did the same thing at a Winterville Walgreens about an hour later, around 12:40 in the morning on the 13th (see video).

Authorities say Hoover was picked up on a fugitive warrant in Florida and transported back to Pitt County.

Hoover faces multiple charges including felony safecracking, felony flee/elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of stolen goods, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, larceny, injury to real property, breaking and entering and possession of burglary tools.

He is being held under $250,000 dollar secured bond.

Newschannel 12 is working to gather details on how Hoover was caught.

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Winterville Police have released the video of the ATM heist at the Walgreens in their town.

"These guys are bold and it wasn't their first time," said Winterville Police Chief Ryan Willhite. "Probably been doin' this for a while, they were in and out."

The entire heist took about 30 seconds to complete, said Willhite.

Residents are saying the video reminds them of something out of a Hollywood screenplay. "I know I can't believe somebody's crazy enough to try it, they didn't open it up in the movie, so what made them think that they could do it," said Greenville resident Sandra Hickman.

But the suspects (one of them identified as Florida resident Christopher Hoover) did get the ATMs open. Police say they made off with a total of $26,000 dollars. 

Both of the ATMs have been recovered.

Police say they believe Hoover was working with one to two other people. All of them are still on the loose.

Willhite says police are "tracking all the leads and I'm very confident that they will be in custody in a reasonable amount of time."

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Investigators have identified a suspect who allegedly smashed the front door of a Greenville Walgreens store and used a truck to drag out the ATM inside.

Greeville Police said 32-year-old Christopher Earl Hoover, of Florida, is wanted on charges of felony breaking and entering, larceny, safecracking, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

According to investigators, Hoover and at least two other suspects broke through the front door of a Walgreens at the corner of Greenville Boulevard and Evans Street in Greenville. It happened at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday, when the store was closed.

The burglars then tied the store's ATM onto a vehicle and pulled it into the parking lot, where they emptied the machine, police said.

Greenville officers said their investigation led them to the Roadway Inn, where they found a 2006 Ford pickup truck that was reported stolen from Okeechobee, Fla.

Anyone with information on Hoover's whereabouts is asked to call the Greenville Police Department at 252-329-4315 or Pitt-Greenville CrimeStoppers, at 252-758-7777.  Hoover has an extensive criminal history in Florida and should be considered dangerous, investigators said.

About an hour after the break-in at the Greenville Walgreens, a similar break-in happened at a Walgreens in Winterville, police said. That store, located at 4211 Highway 11, was also closed when burglars smashed through the front door and dragged the ATM out, according to investigators. It happened at about 12:40 a.m. Friday.

There was also no word on how much cash were inside the machines.

Investigators did not say if Hoover was involved in the break-in at the Winterville Walgreens.

Because both stores were closed at the time of the break-ins, no injuries were reported.


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