Authorities searching for suspects, believed to be part of “chain gang,” who attempted to steal ATM on Johns Island

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JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – Authorities are searching for three men who were involved in the attempted theft of an ATM and vehicle early Thursday morning on Johns Island.

Officials with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said law enforcement saw people in a white truck try to steal an ATM at the Food Lion on Maybank Highway and River Road around 4:15 a.m.

At the scene, Charleston County Sheriff Kristin Graziano said they were alerted by the FBI that “a chain gang out of Oklahoma is in the area” and that the individuals are wanted for hooking vehicles onto ATMs and stealing them.

Authorities apprehended two individuals and are searching for three others.

Deputies say the public should be on the lookout for two Black men and one Hispanic man in the area. One is without shoes and some may be shirtless, but there are no other identifying characteristics available at this time.

They have been searching for the suspects in the surrounding waterway via boat, in the woods, and by helicopter.

If you live in the area, you are asked to be on the lookout for the two suspects in the area of Maybank Highway on Johns Island.

This is a multi-jurisdictional investigation that involves the FBI, Charleston Police Department and Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.

If someone sees something suspicious related to this incident, the public is asked to immediately contact dispatch at 843-743-7200. Do not approach these subjects. If you have information on the identity of the individuals, you can call Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.

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