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Bank robber urinates on burning cash after accidentally setting it on fire

By Mason White 2:01 PM June 2, 2017
Eli Steen and Jason Kovar with damaged ATM
Eli Steen and Jason Kovar with damaged ATM
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) Two burglars who tried to steal cash from a bank ATM, accidentally set their cash on fire, according to police in Washington.

The Everett Police Department sad that at about 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, the Everett Fire Department responded to the Coastal Community Bank, which is located at 10520 19th Avenue SE, on the report of a fire alarm.

A fire had started inside the business when someone used a cutting tool to access the ATM. Property damage has been estimated at over $35,000 for the burned cash, broken ATM and building repairs.

Detectives identified the two suspects as Eli Steen and Jason Kovar. Both are 31 years old, and they live in Everett. They both face charges of arson and burglary.

Additionally, the two are wanted for questioning on several commercial burglaries throughout Snohomish County.

Video surveillance shows that after setting the cash on fire by using a blowtorch, one of the men attempted to extinguish the flames by urinating on the money.

However, his efforts did not pay off, and they fled from the scene.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward and Coastal Community Bank is offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects.