Niles police seek gun-toting ATM burglar

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Niles police still are looking for a man who used a shotgun to shoot open an ATM machine.

Police said surveillance video shows a thin white man enter the after-hours ATM vestibule of First Place Bank, 6002 Youngstown-Warren Road, about 1:20 a.m. Monday. The video shows the man shooting open the ATM with a shotgun loaded with deer slugs.

Lead shrapnel was found inside the small room and it is possible the man may have sustained a ricochet wound, police said. He was able to shoot open the outer case of the ATM, but could not breach the cash vault inside.

“You can blow the hinges off and there are pins going through both sides of the door so even with the hinges you are not going to get into this unless you have a cutting torch and they would have to remove it from the premises to do that,” said Niles Police Capt. Ken Criswell.

The suspect is described as a tall, thin, white man wearing a ski mask, a dark t-shirt and gloves similar to ones used for washing dishes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Niles Police Department’s detective bureau at 330-652-9944.


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