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Florida men attempted to steal money from ATM with blowtorch, weld it shut instead

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OKALOOSA ISLAND — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is working to track down two men who tried to use a blowtorch to get into an ATM machine on the second floor of the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island.

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, according to a press release from the OCSO.

Video surveillance shows two white male suspects with their faces covered entering the upstairs around 3:15 a.m. Friday. One had on a black mask with black sunglasses, a black leather style jacket, camo pants, desert tan military-style boots and black gloves. The other wore a tan toboggan style hat, scarf around his face, a black long-sleeve Under Armour shirt, black gloves, black shorts and white tube socks with multiple colored stripes. He was seen with a crowbar and appeared to serve as the lookout.

Instead of cutting the ATM with the blowtorch, the would-be thief welded the metal parts shut and the pair left with nothing.

Anyone with information on the bungled blowtorch burglary is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS,

EmeraldCoastCrimeStoppers.com, or by using the P3 Tips Mobile application.

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