Thursday, December 14, 2017
Public safety

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.

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