RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Criminals have been known to go to extreme’s to crack open ATM’s and get the money stored inside.
This past weekend was no exception in Franklin County and could have seriously injured the suspect.
The pictures may be a little dark and grainy, but investigators with Russellville police can clearly make out their suspect.
According to Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett, patrol officers received an alarm call early Saturday morning to the Community Spirit Bank on U.S. 43.
When they got there, officers were in disbelief.
“They noticed that someone had actually taken a shotgun and fired into the ATM trying to gain access,” said Hargett.
Three shotgun blasts peppered the front access panel where the suspect tried to shoot the door open.
Investigators said the man seen in the photos is lucky the blasts didn’t ricochet and strike him.
According to Hargett, the man used rounds of bird-shot, which are shotgun shells with dozens of small pellets inside.
“I wouldn’t think it would be the round of choice to try and get into one of those, but it’s my understanding they are built so well that it’s next to impossible to gain access to them,” explained Hargett.
Now they’re hoping the public can help track down this armed assailant before he hurts someone or himself.
If you recognize the man captured in the photos, call the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers tip line at 256-386-8685.
A cash reward is being offered and the call will remain anonymous.