Chicago man charged with trying to grind, pry his way into ATM containing $100,000

Rodney Westerfield and the damaged ATM. | Chicago Police Department; @heyFATabbot

A South Side man faces felony charges after Chicago police say they caught him trying to grind and pry his way into a Bank of America ATM.

Officers responded to a call of two men cutting on an ATM at the bank, 250 West 83rd Street, around 1 a.m. on August 23. When they arrived, they saw Rodney Westerfield, 31, running from the scene, according to a CPD arrest report.

The cops chased Westerfield and saw him toss three large objects into some grass moments before they caught him, the report said. Those items were a grinder, two crowbars, and a black and white ski mask.

The police report noted that Westerfield was wearing white latex gloves when the cops arrested him.

Back at the bank, police found the security door pried open on a drive-up ATM, which exhibited “severe damage,” the report continued.

An officer wrote that they “determined there to be in excess of $100,000 [United States currency] inside of the ATM.”

Westerfield is charged with attempted theft of $100,000 to $500,000, criminal damage to property, and possessing burglary tools.

Judge William Fahy set bail at $25,000 with electronic monitoring, meaning Westerfield must post a $2,500 deposit to get out on an ankle monitor.

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