Are spray-painting cases related to ATM bombings in Florida?

Posted at 2:11 PM, Jan 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 14:11:34-05

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. -- Investigators are working to determine whether or not incidents of criminal mischief at ATMs in Hillsborough County, Florida could be connected to recent ATM explosions in the Tampa Bay area.

There have been three explosions at ATMs in Tampa Bay within the past few months. The first happened at a BB&T bank in Oldsmar on November 4th. The second happened at a Pilot Bank in Tampa on December 22nd, and the he most recent happened either late on Saturday, January 11 or early Sunday, January 12 at a Regions Bank in Valrico.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, someone spray-painted the lenses of surveillance cameras in the area shortly before the recent explosion in Valrico. Deputies say surveillance cameras were also spray-painted at the Pilot Bank in Tampa before that explosion in December.

Deputies want to talk to the people seen on video and think they could be connected to the explosions.

“I think when you’re setting off some type of bomb device, that’s an extremely brazen individual,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said Monday. Read more: