Florida Thief Takes Blowtorch to ATM, Welds It Shut Instead

By Web Staff

OKALOOSA ISLAND, Fla.—Authorities say two Florida burglars thought they were clever when they used a blowtorch to break into an ATM machine, but they never hit the jackpot.

Instead, the burning heat actually welded the ATM’s hinges shut.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s officials said video surveillance shows two male suspects entering the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island on May 31, 2019. One was armed with a crowbar and appeared to serve as the lookout while the other took the blowtorch to the ATM.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said a worker who came to service the machine the next morning found burn marks on the hinges and locks. In fact, the hinges were actually welded shut.

Instead of cutting the ATM with the blow torch, the would-be thief welded the metal parts shut and the pair left with nothing,” said Okaloosa County Sheriff’s officials in a Facebook post.