FBI: Thieves bust through walls to break into D.C. banks

D.C. police and the FBI are investigating three related bank break-ins during which suspects cut holes in the walls of banks in Northwest and entered through adjacent buildings.

The latest break-in occurred early Friday at the M&T Bank located at 1420 Wisconsin Avenue in Northwest, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

A person cut a hole through the wall of the bank from a vacant building next door and was able to gain access to a room that housed the bank’s ATM. It appears the thief was unable to break into the ATM itself, police spokesman Araz Alali said. Investigators are still looking into whether anything else was taken from the bank.

Surveillance photos provided by the FBI show a person inside the building wearing a white hazmat-type suit and blue baseball cap. The attire matches what a person was wearing during a break-in reported at another Northwest bank last week.

“We think that they are related,” FBI spokeswoman Lindsay Godwin said.

During the Aug. 17 incident, a person broke into a Bank of America at 2631 Connecticut Avenue in Northwest in a similar manner, by breaking through the wall of an adjoining building. That same bank was hit in May 2011 by two people who broke into a vacant storefront at 2633 Connecticut Avenue and broke through the wall to enter the bank.

Nothing was taken from the banks in either of those incidents, according to the FBI.

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