Thieves use blowtorch to open ATM but burn cash, police say

- Police in Everett, Washington say would-be ATM thieves thwarted their own burglary attempt by setting the cash on fire.

Police and firefighters were called Tuesday morning to Coastal Community Bank on 19th Ave SE for the report of a fire. When they arrived, crews found the drive-up ATM had been set on fire.

Aaron Snell with the Everett Police Department said the suspects used a blowtorch to try and access the ATM’s cash box. In the process of doing so, they accidentally set the money on fire.

John Dickson, Chief Operations Officers of Coastal Community Bank, said the suspects were not able to get away with any money. He told Q13 News that masked men tried to break into the bank’s cash deposit box just a few weeks ago.

Dickson bank said the bank will be providing surveillance video of the incident to Everett police.

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