1 killed as thieves blow up, steal ATMs across Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (AP/NBC Newschannel) — One man was killed and explosions punctuated the overnight hours in Philadelphia as thieves blew up and stole ATMs across the city in what authorities believe was an “organized” and “coordinated” effort, police said.

At least ten machines were vandalized, mainly at neighborhood convenience stores and gas stations, police said. The thieves mainly set off explosive devices, blowing up the machines before making off with the cash. In other cases, they would just steal the machines.

Police said a 24-year-old man died several hours after attempting to break into an ATM with explosives in the Kensington neighborhood in north Philadelphia shortly before 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police said live explosives were recovered. His name wasn’t immediately released.

WPVI-TV reported an ATM was snatched from a mini-mart on West Rockland Street and the windows of a gas station on North Broad Street were smashed before thieves drove off with the ATM.

No arrests were immediately announced. Police commissioner Danielle Outlaw said the thefts are believed to be “organized” and “coordinated” efforts and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is taking the lead in the investigation.

By: Associated Press

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