On Twitter, local police from the town of Everett posted a picture of the charred ATM outside Coastal Community Bank, writing: "Fire thwarts ATM thieves using torch at bank (10500 19th Ave SE). Detectives investigating - More to follow."
Fire thwarts ATM thieves using torch at bank (10500 19th Ave SE). Detectives investigating - More to follow. pic.twitter.com/usF94nEapZ— Everett Police WA (@EverettPolice) May 30, 2017
According to the police, a fire alarm was set off early in the morning on May 30 after the thieves used a cutting tool to access the ATM. Firefighters responding to it found the ATM on fire.
Q13 News reports that the suspects used a blowtorch to try and access the ATM's cash box. In the process of doing so, they unintentionally set the cash on fire. They fled the moment they realised what they had done.
Local media reports that the suspects were not able to get away with any money.
However, over $35,000 worth of property is believed to have been damaged, which includes the cash burnt and the broken ATM.
Watch the failed robbery attempt here:
The hunt is on for the two suspects, pictured below:
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