Trio pleads guilty to multi-state ATM theft spree

Three Massachusetts men pleaded guilty last week to orchestrating a sophisticated multistate ATM robbery spree, netting them $500,000, including more than $170,000 stolen from a credit union ATM.

David Barker, 39, Efrain Montero, 41, and Jonathan Santos, 35, of Lawrence, pleaded guilty to indictments charging them with the burglary and attempted burglary of thirteen ATMs and commercial businesses, according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office.

Assistant District Attorney Philip Mallard said the men scouted for ATM locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The men travelled in a stolen van to targeted ATMs and used tools access them. Wearing masks and dark clothing, two of the three men neutralized the alarm and security system, while the third man looked out for police. After cutting wires to the ATMs security system, they waited and listened on a scanner to be sure that police had not been alerted.

 

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