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Explosives used in ATM robbery series in San Diego County

Posted: 12:32 PM, Aug 17, 2017
Updated: 2017-08-17 20:56:21-04
ATM robbers use explosives to get cash
ATM robbers use explosives to get cash
ATM robbers use explosives to get cash
ATM robbers use explosives to get cash

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The FBI is searching for two men who used explosives to blow up ATM's in Miramar and Kearny Mesa.

The first robbery happened on July 4 at the Cal Coast Credit Union on Ruffin Rd., said the FBI.

A dark-colored vehicle pulled up to the ATM.  One man got out of the vehicle and set off a pipe bomb.  The explosion damaged the ATM and a glass pane on the enclosure.  The man did not get any cash.

The second robbery happened August 13 at the Chevron on Miramar Rd. The man drilled a hole into the ATM, filled it with gasoline, then detonated the device with a fuse.  The robbers took the ATM's cash box.

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The FBI said the men were driving a 2000-2006 Ford Escape with after-market wheels and a tow hitch with a ball.

Both men were light-skinned, between 5'10" and 6'0 tall, with medium to heavy builds.  During the second robbery, one man wore a dark beanie-style hat with a short brim, a leather jacket, khaki cargo pants, and dark-colored skateboard style shoes.  The second man wore a camouflage Gore-tex style rain jacket with a hood, dark jeans, and brown boots.