PHILADELPHIA (NBC) — For the third time in a week and the fourth time this month, a blast targeted a Philadelphia neighborhood store. This time, the explosion left an ATM inside a Kensington beer store mangled as a group of people looked to steal money.
A woman stuffed the homemade explosive into the ATM inside Kenny’s Place at Jasper Street and East Allegheny Avenue just after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Philadelphia police said.
Surveillance video inside the store shows a man walking into the store about 10 minutes earlier with a device in his back pocket and buying something as he speaks to the woman. The woman then takes the device out of his pocket, police said.
The woman later re-enters the store partially masked and clearly lights the fuse after stuffing it in front of the ATM machine. She then quickly leaves the store moments before the blast.
Officers on patrol nearby spotted heavy smoke coming from the store.
“They were told by store employees that someone had placed an explosive device in the ATM by the front door,” Police Inspector Scott Small said.
The motive appeared to be robbery. The force of the blast blew the front of the ATM off but it didn’t expose the safe containing the money, Small said.
Luckily no one was hurt.
“It easily could have been deadly,” Small said.
The woman who set the fuse didn’t appear to re-enter the store, police said. But, surveillance video obtained by NBC10, shows two men, one with a shirt over his head, opening the store door and reaching toward the ATM moments after the explosion.
A worker at the store said he recognized the woman as a regular customer of the store. Police told NBC10 late Thursday morning that they had the woman in custody.