PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Police have arrested and charged a Philadelphia woman after they say she was caught on camera using an explosive to blow apart an ATM.
On Thursday around 9:35 a.m. officers responded to a beer distributor on Jasper and Allegheny Streets for a reported explosion.
Officers spoke with a store employee who told that his ATM machine had been blown apart.
A short time later, police learned that a woman who had been in the store earlier, and the owner recognized as a regular customer, had placed an explosive in the discharge slot of the ATM and lit the fuse.
Surveillance video shows the woman re-entering the store with her face covered, accompanied by an unknown male suspect, prior to the explosion. Police say the woman retrieved the explosive rom the male suspects back pocket before placing it in the ATM.
After the device detonated, the ATM safe was left intact. No money was taken, but police say several males ran into the store after the explosion and grabbed items from the top of the destroyed ATM. The woman and her male accomplice did not return to the store.
Bomb technicians have since identified the device as an M-1000.
Around 1 a.m. Thurdsay morning, just hours after the explosion, officers stopped a woman at Frankford and Clearfield and were able to identify her as the female suspect.
Police have identified her as 34-year-old Tinikah Hogan of Emerald Street. Hogan has been charged with criminal conspiracy, weapon of mass destruction, causing/risking a catastrophe, and other related charges.
The Bomb Disposal Unit, Fire Marshal, and ATF are continuing to investigate the incident and the male suspect remains at large.