Police searching for man who tried to break into ATM with hammer

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Colonie Police are looking for the man they say attempted to break into an ATM with a hammer Sunday morning.

Bob Goo just wanted to make a deposit, but he will have to drive to another location.

“I guess I’ll have to take my money with me.”

To make things more inconvenient for customers, Monday is a national holiday and the lobby at the Citizens Bank on Osborne Rd was also closed for business.

The broken ATM wasn’t the fault of the bank, Colonie Police say it was a masked man wearing sunglasses captured on security footage, with a hammer in hand.

“We received an alarm at around 4:30 in the morning,” Lt. Robert Winn said.

Lt. Winn says responding officers at first thought the damage was the result of a hit and run.

The ATM had some damage and there were pieces of a car nearby.

A few hours later police received a call from Citizens Corporate security.

“They were reviewing the surveillance footage and saw the same individual a second time attempting to break into the ATM with a sledgehammer.”

After two tries to break the ATM, it would not give up its cash.

In the end, his efforts were completely fruitless.

“He’s persistent, but not very capable,” Lt. Winn said.

The suspect was smart enough to obscure his face w a handkerchief and sunglasses but may have slipped up with his choice of jacket. Police point to a white emblem on the front as a possible way to identify him.

“Some sort of a white emblem logo on it that looks distinctive. There might be somebody who knows who might have that coat.”

Police don’t know if the car part has anything to do with the attempted larceny.

A security camera video captured the suspect walking from and then back toward the direction of the Price Chopper.

Police are currently checking security cameras at other businesses to help identify him.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (518) 783-2744.

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