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Thief tries blowing up two ATMs with propane tanks, police say

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Police were looking Monday for whoever tried to blow open a pair of ATM machines by using propane tanks.
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WEST JORDAN — Police were looking Monday for whoever tried to blow open a pair of ATM machines by using propane tanks.

Two incidents were reported on Sunday. The first happened about 5 a.m. at the Golden West Credit Union, 5639 W. Highlands Loop (7625 South). A propane tank was set up next to the ATM and then ignited, said West Jordan Police Sgt. JC Holt.

The blast caused significant damage to the ATM, and may have injured the thief based on the amount of debris that was propelled from the explosion, he said. That was unknown as of Monday.

Investigators believe the thief may have gotten away with deposits that customers had made, but the part of the machine that holds cash for dispensing was still intact despite the blast, Holt said.

About 11 p.m. Sunday, police were called to American First Credit Union at 1799 S. Pioneer Road (2700 West) in Salt Lake City. Officers at the scene discovered an open propane tank with a hose running into the ATM.

"It appeared they tried to ignite it. Someone had tried to light the propane but it was unsuccessful," said Salt Lake Police Sgt. Brandon Shearer.

Based on the method and the fact both incidents happened on the same day, detectives believe there's a "good likelihood" the same person is responsible for both, he said.

Anyone with information about the incidents or who may have seen something on Sunday can contact police at 801-799-3000 or 801-840-4000.