Suspect uses propane tank to blow up ATM at credit union in Utah

A person used a propane tank and hose to blow up an ATM in West Jordan early Sunday morning, police say.

The incident occurred about 5 a.m. at the Golden West Credit Union, near 7800 South and 5600 West, said West Jordan police Sgt. J.C. Holt. Surveillance footage shows one person standing “fairly close” to the blast, Holt said.

After the explosion, the person appears to approach the damaged ATM, look at it and then run off, Holt said. It didn’t look like the person made off with much money, Holt said, and it’s possible that the suspect was standing so close to the blast, he may have been injured.

The explosion did significant damage to the ATM, Holt said, but police didn’t hear reports of the incident until someone reported vandalism at the credit union later in the day. Detectives were looking into leads Monday and discussing the case with the FBI, he added.

Salt Lake City police were investigating a similar incident that occurred about 11 p.m. Sunday. Someone reported a “suspicious circumstance” at the America First Credit Union, 1799 S. Pioneer Road, Sgt. Brandon Shearer said.

When officers arrived, they found a propane tank sitting next to an ATM with a tube running from the propane into the ATM. No one appeared to be in the area, and an officer at the scene turned off the propane before an explosion occurred, Shearer said.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call police.