“The homemade device literally blew the ATM up, however the safe inside was left intact and was not breached,” according to the sheriff’s office. “... The type of device or how it is made will not be released.”
The duo were caught by Jackson County deputies and charged with first-degree arson, manufacture of an explosive device, second-degree criminal damage to property and conspiracy to commit a felony, the release said.
Sallah and Johnson are accused of stealing about $70,000 by exploding ATMs in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida. The Florida thefts took place between November and January.
They were booked into the Oconee County Jail, where they remained without bond Monday evening. The charges they face carry a mandatory minimum term of five years and up to 20 years in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI and several local law enforcement agencies assisted in investigating this case.
In other news:
A woman was shot Monday morning in the second officer-involved shooting of the day