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Florida men accused of creating explosions to rob ATMs

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Posted at 6:48 AM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 06:48:19-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Authorities say two men are facing federal charges in Florida for using small explosions to rob ATMs in the Tampa Bay area.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa has charged 33-year-old Mawdo Sallah and 34-year-old Kirk Johnson with conspiring to commit arson. They each face up to 20 years in prison.

A criminal complaint says Sallah and Johnson took nearly $70,000 from several Florida ATMs between November and January and vandalized others without taking any cash.

Investigators believe the men injected some type of flammable fuel into the machines.

Prosecutors say the men were arrested Sunday after setting off an explosion at an ATM in Georgia.