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Rioters Blow Up At Least 17 ATMs Throughout Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA – At least 17 ATMs have been blown up by rioters during a series of explosions that have rocked the city since late Monday night.

The first incident occurred at Dalessandro’s Steaks on Wendover Street in the city’s Manayunk area at approximately 11:50 p.m. on Oct. 26, WPVI reported.

Resident Kristen Mckernan said she was awakened by the “loud boom.”

The machine was damaged in the explosion, but it is unclear whether or not the suspects made off with any cash, WPVI reported.

An ATM outside Royal Pizza on Baltimore Avenue was blown up just after 1 a.m. on Tuesday, followed by another explosion at the Fresh Grocer on Chestnut Street at approximately 2:35 a.m.

The grocery chain said it will be removing the ATMs from all of their Philadelphia locations, WPVI reported.

An ATM at the Germantown East Train Station in Chestnut Hill was badly damaged in another explosion, as was the ATM outside of Sammy’s Sports Bar in West Philadelphia, according to KYW.

The suspects were able to obtain the cash box from the ATM outside the sports bar, the PhillyVoice reported.

Another ATM explosion occurred inside the Ridge Avenue Restaurant in Strawberry Mansion at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to WNYW.

According to police, a group of males fled after setting off an explosive device at that location.

A group of at least five men tried to blow up another ATM inside Lee’s Kitchen in North Philadelphia at approximately 1 a.m. on Wednesday, WNYW reported.

Additional ATM explosions occurred at a deli on Germantown Avenue and a gas station on North Broad Street in the hours that followed.

The ATM inside Greenman’s Deli on Robbins Street was blown up, damaging the machine’s screen, WNYW reported.

ATMs at a Sunoco station in East Falls and a Wawa in Cresentville were also targeted, police said.

There have not been any reports of injuries related to the explosions so far, according to the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD).

It is unclear how much cash might have been taken in the series of thefts.

The PPD’s Bomb Squad Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are handling the ongoing investigation into the explosions, WTXF reported.

Philadelphia police responded to a series of over 50 ATM explosions in the wake of the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this year, according to the PhillyVoice.

Investigators said the suspects generally used illegal M100 or M250 devices to blow up the ATMs in those instances.

A 24-year-old suspect attempting to blow up an ATM in Kensington died in an explosion outside of a sports bar on June 2, the PhillyVoice reported at the time.

Talib Crump, 26, was arrested on June 3 for allegedly advertising sticks of dynamite on Instagram.

An undercover officer reached out to Crump, then allegedly received a voicemail back from him bragging about how effective the devices were for blowing up ATMs, according to prosecutors.

Crump also allegedly claimed he blew up multiple ATMs just days prior, netting him $8,500.

He was arrested on multiple charges, including possession of weapons of mass destruction, criminal use of a communications facility, and risking a catastrophe.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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