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Teen goes to jail for smashing an ATM

A BROKE teenager who tried to steal money by smashing open an ATM has been sentenced to two years in prison for attempted larceny, Changning District People's Court said yesterday.

The teen surnamed Tuo left his hometown in Gansu Province in 2008 to work in Shanghai. Though his elder brother also worked here, Tuo didn't ask for his help and found a job on his own. He was fired in May after a dispute with his boss.

On June 2, two days before his 18th birthday, Tuo woke up hungry during the night. He wanted to buy food but had no money.

He went for a walk and an ATM caught his attention on Nandan Road. Tuo thought of breaking open the machine to get some money, but hesitated for a while. Eventually, he covered the surveillance camera with a plastic bag and smashed the ATM with a brick.

Tuo failed to get the money out of the machine so he fled the scene.

Repairs to the ATM's screen and other parts cost more than 40,000 yuan (US$6,019).

Tuo left Shanghai on June 5, traveling to Suzhou, Jiangsu Province.

He was questioned by Suzhou police that day at the city's railway station when he acted suspiciously.

Tuo confessed and was escorted back to Shanghai.

The judge was lenient because Tuo was a minor when he committed the crime and didn't get the money.


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