Burglaries using sledgehammers and explosives

June 27, 2018

Both sledgehammers and explosives make loud noises, but the brazen thieves don’t care.

Burglars used a sledgehammer to break into a home in broad daylight in the Greenspoint area, Houston, TX.

Philadelphia Police are investigating four explosive device detonations at local businesses in the last few weeks. Set off an explosive device inside of an ATM. Threw a homemade explosive, known as a “quarter stick,” into a Chinese takeout shop.

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Burglars use sledgehammer to break into home in north Houston. New surveillance video shows burglars using a sledgehammer to break into a home near the Greenspoint area.

The family is sharing the video in hopes of someone recognizing the suspects.

Samantha Hernandez took to Facebook saying that two men broke into her mother-in-law’s home in the Remington Ranch subdivision.

She says the police advised her that they had a similar call two days before in the same neighborhood.

The family is asking anyone with information or anyone who may recognize the men to call police.

One arrested after pair use explosive to blast through ATM
PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia police are looking for a man who they say helped set off an explosive device inside of an ATM Wednesday. A woman believed to be his accomplice is in police custody.

The explosion occurred inside a beer distributor at Jasper and Allegheny Streets around 9:30 p.m.

Investigators say the male suspect walked into the store with the explosive in his back pocket. Then, the female suspect took it from his back pocket, put it in the ATM, and lit the fuse.

“The business was open. People were in there. This could have had a catastrophic outcome,” Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew told a noontime press conference.

The explosive detonated and tore apart the ATM, but did not breach the safe where the money is kept.

“The one thing it won’t result in is the perpetrator getting the money,” Kinebew explained.

The store’s owner told the media that the female suspect is a regular customer of his, and she was taken into police custody.

Police are continuing to search for the male suspect, and have released a surveillance photo of him.

Police say Wednesday’s blast was the fourth such explosion in the city since June 8.

“Our bomb squad is looking at that in tandem with these other ones,” Kinebrew added.

Bomb experts say the devices, called “quarter sticks” on the street, are simple and crudely made. More importantly, they’re extremely dangerous.

“All you have to do is light the wick and wait and it will explode,” Kinebrew said. “If the objective, and we believe it is, is to breach the compartment where the money is held, it doesn’t work so stop.”

Explosive at a Chinese Restaurant
On June 18, on the 700 block of East Thayer Street, there was no ATM, but the suspects threw a homemade explosive, known as a “quarter stick,” into a Chinese takeout shop.

“It’s an M-type device which basically means crude and homemade,” Kinebrew said.



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