Smash-and-grab thieves no match for cash machine

TUKWILA, Wash. -- Some would-be thieves smashed a van through the entrance of the Family Fun Center in Tukwila early Wednesday, but police said they didn't get away with any money.

Officials said the crooks crashed the van into the front doors just before 4:40 a.m. and tried to steal the cash machine that was inside.

The cash machine was bolted to the floor so the thieves were unable to steal it, but their efforts left the machine battered and broken.

Unable to get the machine or the money inside, the the intruders took off and left the van at the scene, police said.

"I'm not sure what they were thinking, I'm not sure I can get onto their level," said Mike Murphy with Tukwila Police. "It was a pretty dumb thing to do."

Employees spent several hours scrubbing away the skid marks and sweeping up debris while a contractor covered the giant hole in the building.

And by noon -- normal opening hours on a weekday -- the Family Fun Center was ready for eager kids.

"I'm especially happy because I got two kids that want to celebrate their report cards," said Deniel Span. "I think it's wonderful."

Investigators spent a few hours collecting evidence and are reviewing surveillance video from the business.