Blow torch ATM theft goes horribly wrong

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OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — Two men used a blow torch to break into an ATM in Okaloosa Island, but ended up welding it shut. They left with nothing.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office says the would-be crime happened around 3:13 a.m. on May 31st. The entire attempt caught on surveillance video. The still pictures released from the video shows two men with their faces covered. In addition to the blowtorch, one of the suspects was armed with a crowbar.

Deputies say instead of using the blow torch to open the ATM, the duo burned the hinges and wielded the machine shut.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office released a description of the suspects:


One had on a black half nose mask with black sunglasses, a black leather style jacket, camo pants, desert tan military style boots, and black gloves.

The other wore a tan toboggan style hat, scarf around his face, a black long sleeve Under Armour shirt, black gloves, black shorts, and white tube socks with multiple colored stripes. He was seen with a crow bar and appeared to serve as the lookout.

If you know anything about the ”bungled blow torch burglary” contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS.

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