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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