Police Say Blow Torch Bandits Hit Local Bank ATMs - FOX 13 News

Police Say Blow Torch Bandits Hit Local Bank ATMs

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

When police and firefighters responded to a fire alarm at a Wells Fargo Bank at Third and Oregon on Monday morning, they came face to face with the work of some bandits with a blow torch.

"We have a pattern here, " Captain Larry Nodiff of South Detectives told Fox 29. "They were in and out of that facility very quickly."

Investigators say that these bank burglars have hit at least four times in the past few weeks. At Wells Fargo, they used a torch to try and break into the outside ATM. That failed so they broke in the back door and used the torch again on an ATM inside. That set off alarms.

"A fire retardant system was activated and they had to flee from that location," Nodiff explained.  

Six hours earlier, police believe the same burglary crew hit an ATM at the PNC Bank on Packer Avenue, but they got away with nothing.

"We obviously don't know at this point if they're armed, but we always assumed they're dangerous," Nodiff added.

Customers weren't happy to find their favorite ATM machine shut down and surprised at the brazenness of these bank bandits.

"It's terrible if you gear everyone towards making deposits at the ATM, it's inevitable," said Katie Swenson after she was turned away from her local ATM.  

Police believe the same suspects also hit this ATM on Island Avenue on Saturday and got nothing. They may be the same bandits who tried to knock off an ATM in Camden last month too.

"Based on their batting average, they haven't been successful. So they don't appear to know too much about the ATM machines," Nodiff said.

"I'm inconvenienced, but it won't hurt the balance of my account," Swenson said.

Police are also looking at a fourth ATM robbery in the city late last month. The FBI is also working on this investigation.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • PECO Investigating Gas Odor in Phila Region

    PECO Investigating Gas Odor in Phila Region

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-08-31 02:15:46 GMT
    A spokesperson for PECO confirms to Fox 29 News that crews are trying to find the source of a gas odor that has resulted in hundreds of calls to PECO on Saturday.About 400 calls have been placedto PECO as of 4pm Saturday; that is an elevated number of calls than a normal day, the spokesperson says. Crews that are trained in gas odor response are spread throughout the area to try to pinpoint the source of the odor. Reports of gas odors have been made by customers in Delaware, Montgomery, Chest...
    A spokesperson for PECO confirms to Fox 29 News that crews are trying to find the source of a gas odor that has resulted in hundreds of calls to PECO on Saturday.About 400 calls have been placedto PECO as of 4pm Saturday; that is an elevated number of calls than a normal day, the spokesperson says. Crews that are trained in gas odor response are spread throughout the area to try to pinpoint the source of the odor. Reports of gas odors have been made by customers in Delaware, Montgomery, Chest...
  • Students Prepare To Return To School With Free Supplies

    Students Prepare To Return To School With Free Supplies

    Saturday, August 30 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-08-30 22:15:25 GMT
    We all know Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end of summer, but it also mean something else...back to school.
    We all know Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end of summer, but it also mean something else...back to school.
  • Summer Heat Returns

    Saturday, August 30 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-08-30 20:11:25 GMT

    The rest of the holiday weekend continues to look warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increase late Sunday and Labor Day.

    The heat and humidity will continue to expand Sunday into Labor Day. There is a risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms both day.  Best chance will be in the afternoon and evening. 

    Sunday (88/69): Clouds/Storm

    Monday (90/71): Clouds/Storm

    Tuesday (92/72): Clouds/Storm

     

     

Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices