Brazen Thief Uses Backhoe in Attempted Cash Machine Burglary

By Adam Clark Estes on at

Here’s the thing about cash machines: The machines are designed to take a pretty severe beating and still leave the box of cash out of a would-be thief’s reach. A Maryland man recently learned this lesson the hard way when he stole a backhoe, drove it five miles, and then attempted to excavate some cash out of a cash machine. It didn’t work out so well.

Police in Prince George’s County just released surveillance camera footage of the suspect pulling up to what appears to be a Bank of America ATM in the stolen digger. He then stabilises the backhoe and gets to work on the cash machine. (Something tells me this guy’s used one before.) As you might expect from a piece of heavy machinery, the backhoe beats the shit out of the cash machine. The guy just couldn’t get that money, though.

“He used the bucket to peel away the ATM’s outer wrapping … it was unsuccessful,” Prince George’s County Police Lt. Dave Coleman told the press. “He was not able to get any money out of the ATM but he caused about $10,000 worth of damage.”

The suspect remains at large, which is basically incredible given the level of stupidity required to rip apart a cash machine surrounded by cameras with a stolen, bright yellow backhoe. Then again, he might just be dumb enough to try it again. [WTOP]


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