Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

When ATM won't spit out cash, Brooksville man tries to pull it out of wall, police say

BROOKSVILLE — When a stubborn ATM wouldn't cooperate early Thursday morning, Shahid Mohammed Kalam got creative, authorities say.

He failed. And now the 22-year-old Brooksville resident faces charges of attempted armed robbery and attempted grand theft.

Here's what happened, according to Brooksville police:

Kalam pulled up to the Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union branch at 18915 Cortez Blvd. about 3 a.m. and tried to deposit a stolen $1,000 check into one of the ATMs.

His plan was to withdraw the cash immediately, but his debit card was expired and he was entering the wrong personal identification number.

When the ATM did not spit out cash, his card or the check, Kalam backed up his Grand Marquis and attached a seat belt strap to the machine, apparently to pull it from the wall.

When that failed, Kalam pulled a stolen .25-caliber handgun and fired at least one round into the front door of the credit union, located across the street from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. The door's safety glass shattered, and Kalam fled.

Kalam's efforts resulted in extensive damage to the ATM.

A surveillance camera recorded the incident and got clean shots of Kalam's face and car. He was arrested later Thursday when he returned to the credit union for "unrelated business," and investigators recovered the gun from his car, police said.

On Thursday evening, Kalam was in the process of being booked at the Hernando County Detention Center.

When ATM won't spit out cash, Brooksville man tries to pull it out of wall, police say 09/20/12 [Last modified: Thursday, September 20, 2012 9:06pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa Bay Super Bowls: A brief history and some predictions for 2021

    Bucs

    At last, Tampa will host a Super Bowl again. It used to be that the Cigar City would host one a decade, but by the time February 2021 rolls around, it will have been 12 years since the epic showdown between the Steelers and Cardinals. Because it has been awhile, let's revisit those past Super Bowls while also peering …

    Santonio Holmes hauls in the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers' 27-23 Super Bowl XLIII victory over the Cardinals in 2009, the last time Tampa hosted a Super Bowl. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  2. Rays bats go silent in second straight loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sure, Alex Cobb was to blame for the Rays' 4-0 loss on Tuesday.

    Derek Norris strikes out with the bases loaded as the Rays blow a golden opportunity in the seventh inning.
  3. Analysis: Manchester attack was exactly what many had long feared

    World

    LONDON — For Britain's security agencies, London always seemed like the likely target. For years, the capital of 8 million with hundreds of thousands of weekly tourists and dozens of transit hubs had prepared for and feared a major terror attack.

  4. Dade City man dies after crashing into county bus, troopers say

    Public Safety

    ZEPHYRHILLS — A 38-year-old man died Tuesday after colliding into the rear of a county bus on U.S. 301, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

  5. Suspicious device at Pinellas Park home was a spent artillery round, police say

    Public Safety

    PINELLAS PARK — Bomb squad investigators determined that a "suspicious device" found at a Pinellas Park home Tuesday afternoon was a spent artillery round, police said.