Watch: Man Steals Backhoe and Tears ATM to Shreds in Failed Md. Robbery

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A brazen robber in Prince George’s County met his match last week, trying and failing to bust open a Bank of America ATM with a stolen piece of construction equipment.

You read that right. The Prince George’s County Police Department shared surveillance footage of the failed heist last night. It happened on June 1 around 4:30 a.m. Police say the man stole a backhoe and drove it five miles down Marlboro Pike to a Bank of America in District Heights.

There, he parked the machinery, lifted its bucket and proceeding to smash the drive-thru ATM Donkey Kong-style. Amazingly, it didn’t work.

“Despite the suspect’s extreme attempt to get into the ATM, he wasn’t able to get any money,” police said in the release. “But he did cause about $10,000 worth of damage to the ATM.”

Authorities think their man was involved in another ATM robbery from March 2016. In that case, the suspect and two accomplices burglarized a tobacco shop on Marlboro Pike and took cash and the whole ATM from inside.

One thing’s for sure: police can limit their suspect screening to only people who how to operate a backhoe.

Baltimore has seen its fair share of failed heists involving stolen vehicles. Just a couple weeks ago, two burglars tried to crash a stolen van into a T-Mobile in a Milford Mill shopping center. That plan also didn’t work.

Anyone with tips for the District Heights case can call police at 301-390-2160.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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