Kevin Wiles Jr.
Police investigate the robbery of the Citizens Bank at 540 Granite St. in Braintree early Monday morning.
By Patriot Ledger staff
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Nov 17, 2008 @ 08:01 AM
Last update Nov 17, 2008 @ 08:40 AM
Robbers cut the power then drilled into an ATM machine at a bank in Braintree Sunday night, in a repeat of a heist in Stoughton last week.
Someone pried open a fire escape at the Citizen's Bank branch on Granite Street in Braintree and used metal-cutting tools to get into an ATM and empty it.
Alarms sounded at the bank at about 1:15 a.m. today. When police arrived, they discovered that several wires had been cut, including large power cables in the back of the bank building. Officers also saw smoke coming from the building.
When they got inside, they found that the smoke was actually debris from the tool used to break into the cash machine. A security camera had also been removed.
Braintree police said that the bank's communication link was broken at 9:44 p.m. Sunday. Police think that's when the robbery began.
Almost the exact same scenario played out at the Citizen's bank branch on Sharon Street in Stoughton Wednesday night. The bank's communication link was cut at 9:46 p.m. A man who went to the use the bank's ATM at about 1 a.m. Thursday saw smoke and called for help, thinking the bank was on fire.
But it wasn't. Someone had cut the bank's power and phone lines, pried open a back door and drilled into an ATM, getting away with about $60,000 cash.
The smoke was coming from the ATM. The entire back of the machine had been removed with metal-cutting tools, police said.