Wannabe Florida thieves flop in robbery attempt, weld ATM shut
OKALOOSA ISLAND, Fla. (AP) - Two men who tried to use a blow torch to break into an ATM in Florida "bungled the job" when they instead welded the machine's hinges shut.
The suspects tried to bust the machine open around 3:15 a.m. on The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island on Friday morning, officials said.
While one of the men was seen holding a crowbar and keeping watch, the other man took a blow torch to the ATM.
But instead of cutting the machine open with the torch, the bumbling would-be thief welded the metal parts shut -- and the pair left with nothing.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office urges anyone with information on the "bungled blow torch burglary" to call 850-651-7400 or contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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