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ATM Buyers Guide: How to Choose the ATM Equipment That’s Best for Your Business

We’ve created an ATM buyers guide to help you determine which ATM equipment options best suit you. We’ll discuss each brand, each type, and even prices to help get you started.

The selection process can be broken down into three steps:

Step 1: Choose ATM Type

Step 2: Choose a Manufacturer

Step 3: Choose New or Refurbished

When it comes to choosing an ATM, you want to know which one is the best. However, what the decision really comes down to is which one is the best for you

Keep size in mind too. Do you need a through-the-wall ATM or a smaller version? There’s a lot to consider. Our ATM Buyers Guide can help get you started. Check out the following options and see which machine best meets your needs and space.

ATM Buyers Guide Step 1: ATM Type

Before we cover a few main ATM brands, let’s discuss type. There are three popular options: free standing, through-the-wall, and wall mount.

Free standing ATMs vary in size, but are generally smaller than through-the-wall. The advantage of free standing ATMs is that they can be placed anywhere there’s a power supply. This gives you more freedom with your organization and planning.

Through-the-wall (TTW) ATMs are heavier. The bulky part (the interface) extending from the front of the ATM (the chassis) fits into or through the wall protruding into the next room. 

It might take some construction work to get this area developed if it doesn’t already exist in your space, but through-the-wall ATMs are typically more secure because they are often placed in rooms with controlled access.

Keep in mind that TTW ATM machines are also better when facing outdoors as they allow a secure way to offer 24-hour convenient cash access to passers-by and not just in-store customers. That often translates into higher usage.

The smallest option is a wall mount ATM. These ATMs can be mounted to a wall using sturdy steel brackets (included with the ATM) or optionally mounted on a table or counter-top depending on how much space you have to work with.

Because of their space-saving size, wall mount ATMs hold less notes but can be the perfect ATM for small businesses and lower-traffic locations.

ATM Buyers Guide Step 2: ATM Manufacturers and Equipment Options

ATM Depot offers full lines of Hyosung, Genmega, Triton, and Hantle/Tranax machines. Plus, we can get just about any machine you may be interested in. In addition to a brief overview of each brand, we’ll share our recommendations and most popular machines.

Hyosung ATM Machines

Hyosung Halo 2

The Hyosung Halo II has a ‘Halo’ around the keypad which is great for dimly lit locations

Hyosung is a Korean-based company that first introduced its Nautilus Hyosung ATMs to the United States in 1998. Their US office is located in Irving, Texas. They’ve deployed thousands of ATMs worldwide since 1997.

Hyosung is considered to be the leading provider of ATM hardware, software, and service. They have a reputation for having the most reliable, durable, and flexible ATMs.

If you have limited location or floor space, the Hyosung 4000w is a space-saving option that can be mounted to a counter-top or vertical surface. Don’t worry. It has all of the same features and options as the new and very popular free standing Hyosung Halo II (Hyosung Halo 2) model.

The “Halo” is appropriately named. The LED lighting surrounding the keypad draws more users and therefore more revenue for your bottom line. The Halo is perfect for dimly lit areas like bars and clubs due to its LED lighting. 

The 10.1 high-resolution color screen is larger than most ATM screens which makes it perfect for customization. The vibrant 10” color LCD screen adds to this machine’s user-friendliness. 

Genmega ATM Machines

Genmega headquarters are in Fremont, California. One of the newest ATM companies, they introduced their first ATMs in 2006. However, since that time, they’ve already deployed over 50,000 units worldwide.

One of Genmega’s greatest advantages is its staff of engineers, developers, and technicians. With decades of combined ATM experience, there’s no shortage of help. Genmega is noted for its cutting-edge engineering and integration.

Specifically, we recommend the new through-the-wall Genmega GT3000. The terminal is small, compact, and weather-resistant. It’s a great option for outdoor space or where space is limited. Although new, the Genmega GT3000 is proof of Genmega’s goal to manufacture high-quality, reliable equipment.

As far as free-standing options, we’d recommend the G2500. It’s comparable to the Halo II mentioned above with an 8″ TFT high-resolution 32-bit color LCD screen. The Genmega G2500 is the latest option for a brand-new Genmega ATM machine. A little bit lower in cost, it’s our second most popular machine after the Halo II.  

Hantle (Tranax) ATM Machines

Tranax began as a business partner of Korea’s Hyosung Computer Company. They first introduced their ATMs to the US in 1998. In 2010, Tranax changed its name to Hantle, the name of its Korea-based parent.

From 650 their first year to 6,000 the next, half of the machines deployed were the ever-popular Mini-Bank 1000 ATM. Additionally, Tranax/Hantle ATMs experience almost zero service issues for their 1700 Series according to our field technicians. For the hundreds of these ATMs we’ve deployed, our technicians rarely make service calls to them.

Triton ATM Machines

Triton had its start in the early 1990s and has been a market leader ever since. The company produces reliable ATMs that last upwards of ten years. Triton has been a privately owned company since 2010 and produced its 200,000th ATM in 2011.

As a matter of fact, ATM Depot’s founder, and author of The Amazing Money Machine, Noah Weider was part of Triton Systems’ original Triton Advisory Committee in 1992. One of the oldest ATM companies, Triton continues to produce quality machines.

While the popular Triton 9600 has been discontinued, a close second is the Triton 9100 which you can purchase used and refurbished (more on this later). 

ATM Buyers Guide Step 3: New vs. Refurbished

Triton 9100 ATM Machine

The Triton 9100 is a great refurbished machine for a location with lower-traffic

You can purchase brand new ATMs of most models from ATM Depot, or you can purchase a refurbished version. It just depends on your needs and what you’re looking for.

Of course new is nice, but don’t turn up your nose at a refurbished machine right away. First of all, you should know that refurbished machines are supplied with the newest upgrades, thoroughly cleaned, and furnished with replacement decals before being sold. 

Used ATMs aren’t always advertised as refurbished so if you’re shopping around for used ATM equipment and find a deal, be sure to ask if it’s been refurbished. Much like buying a used car from a reputable dealer. A reputable dealer will often inspect and then fix or replace any used parts that could cause a problem making it nicer.

Second, by purchasing a refurbished piece of equipment, you can rest assured that someone has gone through it already to ensure it’s durable. One downfall, however, is that refurbished ATM equipment is sold based on availability. So if you’ve got your eye on a particular brand or style, you might have to purchase it new or wait until a good used one comes around.

It’s important to note also that if you’re just starting out, technology improves with the newer machines making them easier to use. Technology on the older machines can be complicated, but brand new machines come with updated graphics, input functionalities, and simpler operator menus.

So it might be easier to input data like the ATM address, update cash amounts, add graphics, troubleshoot, etc. with a newer model. If you have minimal experience, keep the technology in mind.

New ATM Machine Pricing vs. Refurbished ATM Machine Pricing

Last, let’s do a brief price comparison to give you an idea of what to expect:

Take the discontinued Triton 9600 for example. Recommended replacements are a refurbished Triton 9100 for between $1,199 and $1,495 or a brand new Genmega 2500 for around $2,195. You could be looking at around a thousand dollar difference, but you also have to check availability. 

While the Triton is a great buy, the screen is smaller and the Genmega offers more options. However, if you’re just starting out in the ATM business and have limited funds, or if you have a location that might not be that busy but want to install an ATM anyway, refurbished ATM equipment is the ideal solution.

Discontinued ATMs

New, Used, & Certified Refurbished ATM Equipment

If you’re looking into a refurbished machine from another seller, keep in mind that some heavily discounted machines might be outdated and no longer meet requirements or process transactions.

As regulations change, so must ATM features. ATMs that don’t meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and other upgrades are accordingly unable to continue processing transactions on ATM networks. Be wary of Triton 9600, Triton 9700, WRG Apollo, and WRG Genesis models for this reason.

You might see these discontinued ATMs for sale for extremely discounted prices. But keep in mind that they won’t work for you as is. They can, however, be used for parts. Additionally, if you see one that interests you, we can provide recommendations for comparable replacements.

How to Pay for Your ATM

All the new and certified refurbished ATM equipment listed on ATMDepot.com are offered at already discounted cash prices. You can purchase the machine outright for the price listed. You can even pay with a credit card for a small additional charge.

The typical return on investment (ROI) on an outright purchase is about 3 to 18 months depending on your location, surcharge, and hours of operation. So if you use a credit card to purchase your ATM equipment and make payments, the ROI will be a little longer since you’ll pay some interest on your credit card. 

However, you can find credit cards that offer no interest for 12 months. ATM Depot even has a financial partner that can help you get small business loans to buy ATMs.

When you purchase an ATM from ATM Depot, and want us to help you run the ATM processing, there are no monthly fees, statement fees, or processing fees. Shipping is also free within the continental United States. The only additional cost is the installation fee and other upgrades which are completely optional. 

ATM Depot also offers special sales, upgrades, flexible payment options, and in-house financing. You can always contact us for more information.

Before Making a Decision

Finally, before making a definitive decision, you need to make sure you’re ready to operate your ATM. Here are the two things you will need:

  • A space / Location
  • Power supply

As long as you have these covered, we can take care of the rest. Compare the different machine options listed in this ATM buyers guide, and match them to your needs.

Contact us with your decision or with questions you have to help you make a decision. It’s easy to get set up with nationwide ATM processing. Get started today! 

An ATM Business Can Save Your Marriage (It’s Not as Crazy as It Sounds)

The title statement may sound outlandish. But, consider these stats about gray divorce (divorce among couples over 50):

  1. Gray divorce has doubled since 1990.
  2. Gray divorce has increased by 700% since 1960.

Those are startling numbers. And, it probably seems unlikely that an ATM business is the solution. But, if you look at why the gray divorce rate has skyrocketed, it becomes clear how an ATM business can help.

Here’s a quick story to illustrate the most common cause of gray divorce:

A young couple meets, dates, and gets married early in life—shortly after college. For the next few decades, they spend most of their time building careers, raising children, and preparing for retirement. There’s a lot to do, and they’re both happy to be doing it together.

Then it comes time to retire. Suddenly, the shared goals are gone. And the man has dedicated the majority of his life working. He spent very little time building relationships or hobbies. Or maybe both of the people in this couple spent very little time pursuing things other than work.

The struggle is that retired people often find themselves with nothing to do. And, this can severely strain marriages. When all the work is done, it’s easy to feel that there’s no need for a team anymore.

But there’s more: having nothing to do is no fun. Retirement is supposed to be enjoyable—at least as enjoyable as a fulfilling career, if not more enjoyable. So, it’s easy to feel unhappy in retirement.

That’s what’s caused this spike in gray divorce: a lack of shared goals and things to do in retirement.

An ATM business solves that problem.

How an ATM business can save your marriage from gray divorce

Being an ATM owner is not a way to get rich quick. When you start an ATM business, you’re playing the long game. And, this long game affords people opportunities to build relationships and develop a routine that can sustain them throughout retirement.

Older Couple having CoffeeBuilding relationships

One of the most important aspects of owning an ATM business is building a successful route. An ATM route is just the common path you take to refill your ATM machines with cash and ensure they’re in good shape.

The benefit of this ATM route for older people is that it provides a place where you show up regularly and get to know people. Socially, it’s like a bar (but far more productive and profitable).

Additionally, each ATM machine will be located in or near a business, and maybe even a bar if that’s something you’d enjoy. And, you have to develop a relationship with that business owner, because your ATM is on their property. And, these business owners may want to be involved, to some small degree, in the operation of that ATM machine (coupons, promotions, lowered credit card fees for them, etc.).

Developing quality relationships with these landlords, business owners, and property owners is key if you want to have an ATM business that’s all about service. And, your ATM business should be all about service. That will make your business successful and will ensure you keep your customers happy so they’ll stay with you for a long, long, time.

But, more than being an important part of your ATM business, these relationships give you people to do things with once you’ve retired. Your ATM business creates a circle of friends that will last a lifetime.

Productive routines

An ATM business also solves the problem of idle time in retirement.

Once you’ve set up your ATM route, you’ll obviously need to run that route regularly to keep your ATM machines up and running. This creates a routine that helps retain a sense of purpose and offers shared goals for you and your partner.

But, the best thing about the routine of an ATM business is that your routine can be as busy or as minimal as you’d like. If you want, you could work nearly full time in your ATM business. Or, it can be as part-time as you like.

And, you’re not just keeping busy. Your ATM business gives you productive work. It’s even better than a hobby, in many ways.

Reaching retirementOlder Retired Couple Enjoying Retirement Early via the ATM Business

Although this focuses most on how an ATM business can protect you from a gray divorce, an ATM business can also help you stay married until retirement.

As we mentioned earlier, an ATM business is not a get rich quick scheme. It’s a long game.

But, running an ATM business can provide reliable income that doesn’t require you to grind it out day after day. And, it’s income that you can earn in addition to your professional income. So, an ATM business can certainly make it easier to retire when you want to.

And, the additional income of an ATM business gives you time to develop relationships outside of work and build a marriage that’s ready for the realities of retirement. It’s also a business that gets you out of the house which is a big plus for decreasing the chance of a grey divorce. Plus, you get to enjoy any neighborhood you wish to pursue, make connections, and have fun at the same time. 

So, your ATM business isn’t just a marriage failsafe for retirement. It’s also something that can sustain your marriage and life until you reach retirement.

And, what about those who are retired or near retirement right now? You can start an ATM business at any time. Yes, the ATM business is a long game. But, it’s a long game that you can start right now, regardless of where you are in your life. Besides, you can start and ATM business with less than $5,000 and the returns on that money will be much better than the bank and much safer than the stock market. You’re investing in yourself and in your retirement. 

If you’re ready to start now, learn more about starting an ATM business.

 

ATM Business Basics Part I: How ATMs Work

Running an ATM business is a relatively simple endeavor. However, there’s some ground level knowledge that you need to be a successful ATM owner. A big part of that knowledge base is how ATMs work.

While you don’t need to be an ATM technician (you can always pay one to service your ATMs if you need), it’s important to have basic working knowledge of your ATMs. That way you can identify and solve minor problems, and quickly add cash or refill the receipt paper. This makes your ATM business more efficient in terms of both time and expenses.

So, welcome to our two-part guide that will give you a solid foundation of information on which to build your ATM business. We’ll start with the basics of how ATMs work.

How ATMs work

As the name suggests, an ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) a banking terminal where users can perform a variety of banking activities, depending on the capabilities of the ATM machine itself.

Inserting a debit card or credit card that offers cash advances activates the ATM. The ATM authenticates the debit or credit card using a PIN number, electronically debits the cash amount from the user’s account, and dispenses that withdrawal as cash.

On the backend, the bank reimburses the ATM owner for the cash taken from the ATM, plus a transaction fee, which is paid by the ATM user. This is handled electronically by the ATM processor.

That’s the basic process. These are the parts involved in this process.

The parts of an ATM machineThe Parts of an ATM Infographic

We’ll cover these quickly in two groups: the parts that the user sees, and the parts that you, the ATM owner, need to know.

These are the user-facing parts involved in an ATM transaction:

Display (LCD or LED): The display is where the prompts and instructions are shown to the ATM user. ATM machines are equipped with braille and audio devices (speaker or headphone jack) for blind customers.

Keypad: The keypad is simply a grid of buttons that accepts input from the user. Many ATM machines also have buttons on the sides of the screen for making certain selections

Card reader: This accepts the user’s debit or credit card and reads the information on it.

Cash dispenser: This is where the magic happens. The cash dispenser gives customers their cash. The cash dispenser also checks notes for proper size and thickness and ensures that the correct number of bills are given.

Receipt printer: This part prints the receipt that verifies the transaction, and sometimes shows the user’s account balance.

These are the parts of an ATM that the customer interacts with. You as the ATM owner need to be familiar with these parts. However, the ATM owner also needs to know their way around the internals of an ATM machine, even if they’re not an expert in repairing or replacing those parts.

These are the internal parts of an ATM machine:

ATM mainboard: The mainboard is the central “computer” for the ATM. The CPU, RAM, and connection interfaces for the other components live here.

Power supply: Connects to an external power source and provides power for all the ATM machine components.

Modem: The modem performs all the internet communications required for transaction processing. This can be wired or wireless. It depends on how the ATM connects to the internet.

I/O board: The I/O board is in charge of communicating with the ATM processor, and ensuring that the correct information is sent to the correct parties.

Cassette: The cassette is an important part for the ATM owner. The cassette holds the cash. When you stock an ATM with money, this is where the bills go. The cassette can be fixed or removable. Each type of cassette has pros and cons. Which one you use depends on your business and the ATM location.

How Does an ATM Machine Work?With all the parts covered. Here’s a more detailed look at how an ATM works:

  1. The user activates the ATM by inserting their card.
  2. The customer enters their PIN and selects how much cash they want using the keypad and display.
  3. The mainboard collects the information and sends a unique EMV transaction code to the I/O board.
  4. The I/O board packages up the transaction information for the ATM processor and the modem transmits it to the appropriate ATM processing networksYour card’s supported networks are printed on the back. Every card is required by law to have two accessible networks. The transaction is completed through the secondary network if the first network fails.
  5. The ATM processor sends the withdrawal request to the bank. The bank approves or denies the request. If the transaction is approved, the message is sent back through the ATM processor to the ATM. Then, the selected amount gets debited from the customer’s account. Associated transaction fees are usually paid from the customer’s account.
  6. The modem and I/O board receive the approval. And, the mainboard initiates the cash dispensing. The cash dispenser checks each bill to ensure that it’s the proper size and thickness and that the correct number of notes gets dispensed. Notes that are not the proper size or thickness get sent to the reject bin. This happens occasionally with old or torn bills. The cash dispenser automatically dispenses a different bill any time a note is sent to the reject bin.
  7. The customer takes their cash and has a great day!

Those are the nitty-gritty details of how ATMs work.

It’s helpful to know these fine details as an ATM owner. Being more familiar with the machine helps with basic troubleshooting, and makes life easier if you get technical support over the phone.

However, you should be very familiar with the cassette and user interface. Inspect these each time you restock your ATM. You need to fix your machine ASAP if the user interface is malfunctioning or cash is being dispensed incorrectly. You lose money whenever your ATM isn’t working.

Whenever you fill your ATM with cash, it’s best to perform a transaction to verify that your machine is working correctly.

Front to back

That’s the frontend of an ATM business. In the next part, we’ll talk about what happens on the backend and where all the transaction fees go. Stay tuned. Or learn more about building your own ATM business (and how you make money).

 

New ATM Machine ADA Standards

New ATM Machine ADA Standards

A new law affecting ATM machines has passed under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and went into effect on March 15, 2012. The new ATM machine ADA standards required full compliance by the deadline date of March 15, 2012.

If you are an ATM Operator, an ATM company or a retail merchant operating one or many ATM machines, these new requirements will affect every active terminal in your ATM portfolio or retail location.

Today I’m going to tell what you need to know about these upcoming changes and how it will impact your business.

Starting on March 15, 2012 customers with disabilities should find using an ATM easier than ever before. Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with this new ADA requirement your ATMs must be in compliance by March 15th.

Some ATM machines may require that you make enhancements to the way your customers physically access and interact with your ATM machines. Some of the new design standards and requirements include:

Height and Reach:
The reach requirement will change from a height of 54″ to 48″ to the top working button. This will help to ensure customers can easily access the input controls of the ATM. The exception to this change is drive thru ATMs.

ATM Machine height is now 48 inches

Clear floor space:
The area in front of the machine needs to equal 48″ x 48″ (16 square feet).

ATM Machines needs 48 inches by 48 inches of clear floor space

Accessible route:
One unobstructed side of the clear floor space must adjoin an accessible route or another clear floor space leading up to the ATM and connecting to the clear floor space in front of the ATM. This is for wheel chair accessibility.

ATM ADA Accessible Route

Voice Guidance:
All ATMs must be speech enabled to service visually impaired customers. This may require a 3.5mm female jack be accessible for head phones.

ATM ADA Voice Guidance Standards

Display Screen:
Visibility from 40″ above the center of the floor in front of the ATM, characters on the screen must be in San Sarif font. A minimum of 3/16″ high and must contrast with their background.

Braille Instructions:

Braille Instructions to initiate the aforementioned voice guidance feature must also be provided.

ATM ADA Standards for Braille Instructions

Function Keys:
Function keys must be designed to contrast visually from their background surfaces.

Input device:
Input device controls must be tactically discernible, meaning the key surfaces must be raised above the surrounding surfaces.

Numeric Keypads:
Keypads must be arranged in an ascending or descending layout. The enter key should be marked with a raised circle, the clear key with a raised left arrow, and the cancel key should be marked with a raised X. The add value key should be marked with a raised plus sign and the decrease value key should be marked with a raised minus sign.

ATM ADA Standards for Numeric Keypad

If your location has multiple ATMs the most accessible ATM must meet these new 2012 ATM standards. However, the law requires the terminal inside a location and one outside the same location be considered two separate locations. In cases like these both must be compliant.

These laws will be applied to all lobby and walk up thru-the-wall ATMs. There will be no safe harbor granted for existing units and no grandfathering of currently deployed machines.. While there are many ATM operators and banks taking a “wait and see” attitude this could potentially be a costly proposition as any ATMs that don’t meet ADA standards by the 2012 deadline could result in a civil penalty of up to $55,000 for a first offense and double that amount for subsequent offenses.

ATMDepot suggests you take this opportunity to inventory your existing ATMs and record the manufacturer, model number, and year manufactured. It would also be wise to note each terminals software and speech capabilities.

If you need help, we suggest you check with your respective vendors for more details regarding upgradability and cost. ATMDepot is able to offer several upgrade kits and exceptional pricing on new replacement ATMs in cases where you need to upgrade or replace entire machines (generally older ATM models) in order to be compliant.

Be especially careful of used or previously refurbished ATM machines at this time as there are a lot of non-compliant machines on the market that cannot be setup. Make sure the ATM you plan to purchase, especially if it’s used or refurbished, is already completely upgraded or compliant with new ADA standards. All new machines shipped from ATM manufacturers today come fully ADA compliant.

You can find more information about the ADA standards for 2012 at ada.gov

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[VIDEO] Explosives Used to Break into Machine during ATM Robbery, Thieves Caught on HD Camera

On August 11, 2017, two criminals drove their SUV up to a Gas Station ATM Kiosk with a plan. They planned to execute an ATM robbery by blowing up the ATM with some sort of liquid explosive. It is clear from this video, it’s not the first time they are attempting this. They are wanted by the FBI. The authorities were very excited to see the quality of our security footage.

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Authorities at the Crime Scene of the ATM Robbery in San Diego, CA

When you start using explosives on an ATM, you attract a lot of attention. You get the local police, sheriffs, SWAT, the Bomb Squad, ATF, and the FBI involved. That’s a lot of manpower hunting you down.

These guys are wanted by the FBI. It’s not just a local crime.  Is a few grand worth having to hide and run for the rest of your life? I don’t think so.

The suspects think they got away with it. However, as time will tell, and with the help of this HD video, and the enhancement tools Federal Law Enforcement agencies have available, they will most likely do time behind bars for this ATM robbery.  Maybe they will save all the money they stole to pay for their lawyer. They will need it.

I’ve been in the ATM business since 1994. Since then, I’ve helped hundreds of Independent ATM Deployers (IAD’s) start, run, and maintain successful ATM businesses. I’ve personally sold or installed hundreds and hundreds of ATM machines. I currently manage thousands of machines and hundreds of thousands of ATM transactions nationwide and I’ve never, ever seen anything like this.

This location has been a customer of ours for over a decade. We’ve never had any issue until we installed a new kiosk.  While this small kiosk does not appear to be bomb proof, the old kiosk building we used previously onsite was. Unfortunately for us the gas station – car wash is undergoing a remodel and needed to demolish the building, so we had to move the ATM to the other side of the parking lot.

In order not to inhibit the authority’s investigation, we won’t go into the details of what the authorities knew in this article.

However, now that we know all the details we can help others.

So, if you plan to install a kiosk and you are one of our customers (or want to be), please contact our office for some additional help.

We learned an expensive lesson, so we hope to use it to educate our customers.

ATM Depot can certainly help you avoid the same fate. We thought we prepared for every security scenario but they proved us wrong on this one. The key is that we learned an awful lot from this and can now assist our customers even better when dealing with outdoor ATMs.

**** UPDATE ****

September 28, 2017

After many calls between the account manager, Jeremy, and the FBI and ATF, on this situation, we learned that the authorities were able to issue a subpoena at the home of Scott Michael Petri. We are not sure how all this went down but we speculate that the FBI was able to leverage the information obtained in the video of the ATM robbery. According to law enforcement, one of the suspects bragged to a confidential informant about the crime. Upon serving a subpoena at the suspects home, the Law enforcement authorities say they found a drill, a gas cylinder, clothing and other incriminating evidence in his home that matched the items in the surveillance video during the crime.

Court documents allege (and video shows) Petri used a cordless drill to make two holes in the ATM machine’s housing. A second unidentified suspect (now in custody) approached the ATM with an open flame (see video, looks like a cigarette) and lit a fuse.  The suspects drove to the other side of the gas station and the ATM exploded. See the entire ATM robbery (edited for time) in the video above.

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The suspect (circled) is searching for the cash box after the ATM robbery explosion

The August robbery was the second time this year an explosive device was used on an ATM in San Diego, according to the FBI.

**** UPDATE ****

October 5, 2017

Scott Michael Petri faces a charge of using an explosive to damage property relating to a robbery at the Chevron Station and Pit Stop Car Wash on Miramar Road just south of the 15 Freeway entrance. The suspect was picked up and booked on October 5th and transferred into Federal custody and is being held in the Federal Prison in Downtown San Diego by the ATF. Bail has been set at $250,000.

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Public arrest records for Scott Michael Petri. One of the suspects in the ATM robbery.