ATM shot. Thief gets nothing.

Can someone rob an ATM by shooting it? Apparently not.

Last Sunday morning a customer walked up to the ATM at the BB&T bank in the 8600 block of Richmond Highway in Alexandria and found pieces of it scattered on the ground. When Fairfax County police checked the machine’s surveillance camera they found that someone had fired a shotgun at it around 4:45 that morning. You can actually see the blast from the muzzle in the picture.

Police say the would-be ATM robber got no money.

Man shoots ATM

Photo via FCPD



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Ed Tobias
Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.