Surveillance video shows ATM explosion
Philadelphia police searching for suspect believed to have an explosive at an ATM.
PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia police are searching for a man who they say is the cradle of an explosive on the inside of an ATM Wednesday. A woman believed to be his accomplice in the police.
The explosion took place in a beer distributor in Jasper and Allegheny Streets around 9:30 pm
Investigators say the male suspect walked in the store with the explosive in his back pocket. Then, the female suspect took it out of his pocket, put it in the machine, and lit the fuse.
“The case was open. The people were there. This had a catastrophic outcome,” Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew told the noon press conference on Thursday.
The explosive detonated and ripped the ATM, but did not breach the vault where the money is kept.
“The one thing, it will not lead to the perpetrator, getting the money,” Kinebew explained.
The store owner told FOX 29 Steve Keeley the female suspect is a regular customer of him, and she was taken into custody early Thursday morning.
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(Philadelphia Police via Fox 29)
The police continue to search for the male suspect and a surveillance photo of him.
Police say Wednesday’s explosion was the fourth such explosion in the city since 8 June.
“Our bomb squad is looking for that in combination with this other,” Kinebrew added.
Bomb experts say that the devices, the so-called “quarter sticks” on the street, are simple and roughly made. More importantly, they are very dangerous.
“All you have to do is light the wick and wait and it will explode,” Kinebrew said. “As the goal, and we believe that it is, is to the violation of the sub-fund where the money is kept, it doesn’t work so stop it.”
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