CU police seek man who poured acid on ATM, returned to try to retrieve cash

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BOULDER, Colo. -- The University of Colorado Boulder Police Department is seeking help in finding a man who tried to break into an ATM by pouring acid on it at the Center for Community.

The suspect was recorded at 2:30 a.m. May 29 approaching the ATM in protective clothing and spraying an acidic solution on the machine.

He returned later to check on the acid's progress and then again in the early morning to try to steal money from the machine. He was unsuccessful.

Police were notified a few days later after a customer suffered chemical burns while trying to use the machine. The student did not seek medical treatment.

In one of the videos, it appears the suspect is hiding after hearing something that startled him.

“I am concerned what the suspect would have done to anyone who surprised him during his attempt to break into the ATM,” Det. Sgt. Michael Lowry said. “The suspect caused significant damage to the ATM and we are hopeful the public will assist us in identifying him.”

The machine was destroyed and will cost $50,000 to replace. If the suspect is apprehended, he would face felony charges of criminal mischief and attempted burglary.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lowry at 303-492-8168 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or 1-800-444-3776.