Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.
Police Investigating Explosion at Bank ATM
At approximately 9 a.m. today, the Fredericksburg Police Department received a call from an employee of the Virginia Credit Union at 2150 Gordon Shelton Boulevard. The employee had discovered damage to the ATM located in the drive-through of the bank and she reported there appeared to be scorch marks on the back of the machine.
At about the same time, a resident of an apartment complex near the bank called to report that she had heard an explosion around 4 a.m. and the noise was strong enough to have set off car alarms in the area. The witness also observed a person walking around the ATM, but the witness was too far away to be able to provide any useful description.
A review of the bank surveillance video confirmed that an individual placed some sort of device at the base of the ATM around 4 a.m. this morning. The device exploded, but the ATM remained intact and functional. The explosion also caused superficial damage to the drive-through area.
Shortly after 10 a.m. a bomb detection dog from the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene to assist in the recovery of evidence and to search for secondary explosive devices. The dog gave an indication of something suspicious near the dumpster located behind the bank. As a precautionary measure, the bank and the six apartment units closest to the crime scene were evacuated while detectives awaited the arrival of the Virginia State Police Arson/Bomb Unit.
The VSP Bomb Unit conducted a thorough search around the vicinity of the dumpster, and at approximately 2:15 p.m. declared the area free from additional explosive devices. Residents of the apartments have been allowed to return to their homes and the bank is open for business, although the drive-through remains closed.
This is an active and ongoing investigation led by Fredericksburg detectives and the Fire Marshal.
Anyone with information about this case should contact the Fredericksburg Police Department at 540-373-3122 or Detective Doug Perkins at 540-654-5758. Callers are not required to give their names.