Man Dies after Blowing Up an ATM
A series of explosions could be heard throughout parts of Philadelphia, U.S., on the night of June 2 in what's looking to be an organized attack on robbing ATMs.
A 24-year-old man died after allegedly being shot after trying to rob an ATM using explosives. Police are still carrying out investigations and say that at least 10 ATMs were targeted overnight.
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Most ATMs were part of convenience stores or mini markets
As per 6ABC, most of the targeted ATMs were in or next to convenience stores or mini markets. The police have stated that the thieves usually run into the store, drop an explosive onto the ATM to blow it open, then run away with the cash from the machine's safe box.
Bomb squad member confirmed one of the people involved died in the ATM explosion.— Miguel Martinez-Valle (@MiguelMValle) June 2, 2020
Neighbors say several ATMs were hit in the area @NBCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/xV2FTDOOtf
During one of these attacks, a 24-year-old man who set off an explosive was fatally shot while trying to run away with the cash, as 6ABC's report stated. He was reported dead once he arrived in hospital.
Surveillance video showing the explosion from one of several ATMs that were vandalized around #Philadelphia. @NBCPhiladelphia @Telemundo62 pic.twitter.com/JEc7v9oOjM— D.C. (@dcheston88) June 2, 2020
The explosives set off rumbles that shocked neighboring residents. Rebecca Rosario told 6ABC that she woke up in terror as their whole building shook. "There was a loud boom. I thought it was one of those big firecrackers. Then it was a loud pop," said Rosario. "I came outside and someone had just blown up the ATM machine."
ATMs being blown up in Philadelphia pic.twitter.com/a9FGVpI74V— Ringo Lennon (@Eddie20937506) June 2, 2020
As per Fox29, No arrests have yet been announced and police commissioner Danielle Outlaw explained that they believe these thefts are "organized" and "coordinated." The investigation has now been passed over to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.