Cover Blown In Attempted ATM Blow Torch Break In

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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. – Two teenagers were arrested and charged with safecracking in connection with last week’s failed attempts to break into ATMs at South Carolina FCU and Suntrust Bank using a blow torch.

The teens, a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old, were tracked down thanks to someone seeing the raw ATM surveillance video on a local TV station, police said.

Police say the pair attempted blow torch burglaries last Tuesday morning just minutes apart. The suspects struck first at Suntrust and failed to get the ATM opened. Then, the suspects were caught on camera trying to do the same thing at the credit union.

In the attempt to get into the credit union ATM, they worked a little harder by melting the locks around the door and also leaving a burn mark on the combination lock, but did not get away with anything. Despite $3,000 worth of damage, the ATM still is fully functional.


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