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Chinese man arrested after spending hours trying to cut through ATMs to steal cash

Man spent hours attempting to cut into three cash machines, but failed, and has now been arrested, newspaper reports

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 February, 2017, 2:38pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 February, 2017, 2:53pm

A would-be thief has been arrested after he spent hours trying but failing to cut into bank cash machines with welding equipment in a city in southern China, Chinese media reported.

The man, whose full name was not given, used welding guns and torches to try steal money from three ATMs in Guilin in the Guangxi region on Lunar New Year’s Eve, the local newspaper Nanguo Zaobao reported.

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To evade surveillance cameras while cutting through the machines, he set up a tent-like structure using waterproof canvas supported by a wooden stick. He also cut lines that would have set off alarms.

But after trying in vain for more than five hours to cut through the machines and failing to get to the cash, he eventually gave up, the report said.

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Police managed to track the unemployed man down after several days and he was detained on February 6.

He told police he said to his friends he wanted to do “something huge” to get some money to start his own business and had planned the thefts for some time.