Man in hazmat suit pours acid on Boulder ATM, returns later to try to get cash

BOULDER, Colo. - A man in full hazmat gear poured some kind of acid on an ATM in Boulder and returned later to try to get the cash.

He was caught on camera May 29 at 2:30 a.m. at the Center for Community on campus, according to the University of Colorado Police Department.

The man was first caught on tape wearing a plastic suit, gloves and a protective helmet.

He returned later in street clothes and poured the contents of two water bottles on the machine. He checked the machine again in the morning but could not remove any cash.

"I am concerned what the suspect would have done to anyone who surprised him during his attempt to break into the ATM," said Detective Sgt. Michael Lowry. "The suspect caused significant damage to the ATM and we are hopeful the public will assist us in identifying him."

The machine was damaged beyond repair and the replacement cost is estimated at $50,000, investigators said.

If arrested, the suspect would face felony charges of Criminal Mischief and Attempted Burglary.

Anyone using an ATM should always be aware of their surroundings.  If you see anything suspicious, leave the area and report the incident to the local police.

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