Clearwater Man Accused of Plotting to Blow Up ATMs
He was conspiring with a South Carolina man, according to the U.S. attorney.
TAMPA – Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with setting explosions to ATMs in Tampa Bay and Georgia to steal money from the machines, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida said.
Mawdo Malick Sallah, 33, of Clearwater, and Kirk Douglas Johnson, 34, of Anderson, SC, were charged by a federal complaint with conspiring to commit arson. If convicted, Johnson and Sallah each face a mandatory minimum term of five years, and up to, 20 years in federal prison. They are currently detained by the Oconee County (Georgia) Sheriff’s Office pending further proceedings.
According to the criminal complaint, Sallah and Johnson are alleged to have set explosions to several ATMs in Florida, and one in Georgia, in their effort to steal cash. In all, the pair took nearly $70,000 from explosions set to ATMs in the Tampa Bay area between November and January. They were arrested March 22, after setting off an explosion at an ATM in Watkinsville, GA. Though that ATM was damaged, the two were unable to obtain any cash from the machine.
A complaint is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
PHOTO SHOWS MAWDO MALICK SALLAH, LEFT, AND KIRK DOUGLAS JOHNSON.
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