Deputies investigating ATM explosion in Valrico, similar to other incidents

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Deputies are investigating an ATM explosion at a Regions Bank in Valrico Sunday and believe it is connected to two other similar incidents.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said someone spray-painted over the bank’s security cameras sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning. The bank’s drive-up ATM exploded shortly after.

“I think when you’re setting off some type of bomb device, that’s an extremely brazen individual,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said Monday.

No one was hurt in the incident, deputies said.

Chronister revealed that money was taken from the machine during the latest incident, but didn’t disclose the amount.

The incident is similar to the one that occurred Dec. 22, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies called the December explosion similar to one in Oldsmar in November.

On Monday, the Sheriff also revealed a fourth incident that failed on Dec. 8. A person spray painted a camera lens and tampered with the drive-thru ATM at the Chase Bank on Countryway Boulevard, sheriff’s spokeswoman Amanda Granit said in an email. It didn’t explode, she said.

“If you walk up to an ATM to pull some money and it explodes, obviously it does worry me,” said Hillsborough County resident Mario Moya.

Anyone with information on a possible suspect(s) is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200.

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