Brazen thief tries to break into ATM using stolen backhoe
Cops say a brazen thief outside Washington, DC had the capital idea of breaking open an ATM using construction equipment.
But first, Prince George's County Police say the alleged criminal had to steal the heavy machinery.
Once behind the wheel of a backhoe -- the kind used to dig massive holes in the ground--the PGPD says the thief drove it about five miles to a bank where he allegedly used it to boldly try to break into an ATM last week.
"Despite the suspect's extreme attempt to get into the ATM, he wasn't able to get any money. But he did cause about $10,000 worth of damage to the ATM," police said in a statement.
Along with shocking video of the alleged theft attempt, PGPD have provided a photo of a man they say is the man inside the backhoe.
Detectives believe the same suspect is also behind an ATM theft in March of 2016. In that case, the investigation reveals he and two accomplices allegedly broke into a tobacco shop.
Once inside, cops say they stole cash and also took the ATM.
Anyone with information on either case linked to this suspect is urged to please call 301-390-2160.