10 ATMs damaged amid overnight unrest in Philadelphia

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020
At least 10 ATMs damaged amid overnight unrest in Philadelphia
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At least 10 ATM machines were damaged late Monday and early Tuesday in Philadelphia, police said.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Police say 10 ATMs were damaged late Monday and early Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Police said officers responded to the 600 block of Wendover Street, in Philadelphia's Manayunk section, at about 11:50 p.m. Monday after an ATM exploded at Dalessandro's Steaks.

"The loud boom woke me up," said area resident Kristen Mckernan.

It was not clear if any cash was taken, but the machine was damaged.

Another call came in at about 1:05 a.m. in reference to an explosion in the 4200 block of Baltimore Avenue.

When officers arrived, they found an ATM had exploded in front of Royal Pizza. No one was injured.

At 2:35 a.m., officers responded to a 911 call for an explosion at the Fresh Grocer in the 5600 block of Chestnut Street.

Police said when officers arrived, they found another ATM had exploded. There were no injuries reported.

The chain now removing all ATMs from their stores in the Philadelphia area.

"It's pathetic. It's pathetic it really is," said longtime area resident Rene Brown.

Brown who able to shop at the store today despite some damage to it, said the destruction of property is something she cannot comprehend.

"This is unbelievable. It's unbelievable," she said.

The ATM explosions occurred as tensions erupted in West Philadelphia after police shot and killed a man armed with a knife.

Police said in total 30 officers have been injured and at least 90 people were arrested in connection to the unrest in the city following the shooting of Walter Wallace Jr.