Stealing Entire ATMs Is a Terrible Idea, but Stores Are Asking for It
If the decrepit, fictionalized methheads on Breaking Bad have taught us anything, it's that stealing an entire ATM is a fruitless venture that will result in your skull getting crushed.
"I don't know if you've ever seen Breaking Bad, but that's exactly the brain power of the people going after these machines in real life," says security consultant J.R. Roberts of Security Strategies. "Cletus and Gumper do a little meth, steal a pickup truck, and then decide to steal an ATM. But breaking open an ATM isn't terribly easy. They try to go at it for hours with a sledgehammer."
First, an average ATM at a convenience store probably has about $10,000 in its belly. If the thieves were to walk in the store a few hours earlier, waving guns at a clerk and plundering the register, the most they would likely net is $800 or so.
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