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Homeless man gets $37,000 cash from broken bank ATM

By Mason White 10:34 AM April 6, 2014
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By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) A homeless man received a nice surprise after a broken bank ATM dispensed $37,000 in cash.

Lieutenant Todd Bernard of the South Portland Police Department, said on Friday morning, that officers were first called to the malfunctioning ATM at a TD Bank branch at 1:00 a.m. on Thursday.

“We first got a call that a homeless man was sleeping in the bank lobby. Then about 5:30 a.m., we got another call that he is taking an unusually long time at the ATM,” Bernard said.

When police arrived, they found the man with a shopping bag filled with cash from the ATM. Police say that he had more than $37,000 in cash in the bag when they arrived.

Bernard said that the man had an ATM card and about $100 in his account. He was using the cash advance function on the machine and repeatedly withdrew $700.

The officers returned the money to the bank. The ATM is out of service and is being reviewed to determine why it did not work.