October 27, 2020
Philadelphia police are investigating a series of ATM explosions that took place overnight.
An ATM located outside of Dalessandro’s Steaks on the 600 block of Wendover Street in Roxborough exploded around 11:50 p.m. Monday.
Two other explosions took place in West Philly, where looting and vandalism erupted after police fatally shot Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man, Monday afternoon.
An ATM located outside of Royal Pizza on the 4200 block of Baltimore Avenue was blown up shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday. Another machine, outside of the Fresh Grocer on the 5600 block of Chestnut Street, exploded around 2:30 a.m.
No arrests have been made and no injuries were reported. Bomb squad officials were notified of the incidents and are participating in the investigation. Police have not said whether any cash was taken.
The blasts followed an ATM explosion early Monday morning outside Sammy's Sports Bar at 50th and Market Streets. There, someone retrieved the cash box.
Late last spring, police responded to more than 100 explosions, including about 50 targeting ATMS, amid the civil unrest sparked by the police killing of George Floyd. Police said most of the machines were opened by people who used illegal M100 to M250 devices.