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Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 08/17/2012

Burglar breaks into Woodley Park bank by punching hole in wall

Police say a burglar found an unusual way to get into a Woodley Park bank early Friday: punching a hole through the wall of a neighboring deli that had been closed for months.

District police said the person got into the Bank of America branch in the 2600 block of Connecticut Ave., NW, across the street from the Woodley Park Metro stop, and tried to break into an automatic teller machine.

Officer Araz Alali, a D.C. police spokesman, said the attempt failed and the burglar left without getting anything.

Police said it appears the break-in was captured on a video surveillance camera and occurred about 2:30 a.m. Alali said a bank employee discovered what he described as a “large hole in the wall” about 8:15 a.m.

A Bank of America spokesman declined to comment but did confirm the bank closed all day Friday. FBI agents and police were still at the scene, next to the closed Cafe International, late Friday afternoon.

The typical way a criminal gets money from a bank is by robbing it, though the amount is usually no more than a few thousand dollars. FBI Special Agent Jacqueline Maguire, a spokeswoman for the Wasington field office said of bank burglaries, “You don’t really hear of them too often these days.”


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