Police say looter died while attempting to blow up ATM in Philadelphia

Tim Jimenez
June 02, 2020 - 11:27 am
A partially exploded ATM at 2nd Street and Susquehanna Avenue

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — People throughout the city reported the sounds of explosions overnight. Police say looters were trying to use explosives to break into ATMs. In North Philadelphia, one such attempt turned deadly.

Police say a 24-year-old man was killed when he tried to blow up the ATM outside a bar at 2nd Street and Susquehanna Avenue around 6 a.m. Tuesday.

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Neighbors say they heard explosions at that time. 

"Pretty much all night — sirens and explosives," said Oleg, who declined to give his last name. "It’s surreal. It’s surreal what’s happening right now."

Oleg and many others were hearing the sounds all night long.

"Definitely did not sound like fireworks. I’ve played with some fireworks — played with some big fireworks — and I know what they sound like," he said. "Definitely not gunshots, because they were loud booming noises."

The Philadelphia Police Department bomb squad and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gathered evidence at the site. According to police, live explosives were recovered.

The screen and buttons of the machine were left scrambled. Part of the red cabinet was blown off, exposing the safe, which appeared to be intact.

This wasn’t isolated. Police say there were several attempts to blow up ATMs throughout the city overnight.

This tactic is not new, but with all that’s going on in the city, it’s another thing that police are trying to keep an eye on.