Two Minneapolis men, one of them a sex offender, have been charged following an attempted burglary of an ATM machine inside a Blaine bank lobby on Sunday morning.
Daniel Roy Mack Jr., and James Irving Dale, both of north Minneapolis, have been charged in Anoka County with second-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools after Blaine police found them fleeing from a bank on Sunday morning, according to charging documents.
Just before 7 a.m. on Sunday, Blaine police were dispatched to the Wells Fargo bank on the 12100 block of Aberdeen Street Northeast in Blaine, MN, on a report of a burglary alarm, the complaints state.
When the responding officer arrived, he saw two men dressed in dark clothing walking away from the bank. When the officer turned in to the parking lot, the two males dropped the bags they were carrying and fled on foot, the complaint said. Several officers joined the pursuit and the two were captured within minutes, according to corresponding police dispatch audio.
Inside the bags dropped by Mack and Dale, police located numerous tools including pry bars, a metal punch, screw drivers, an angle grinder, grinder blades, a circular saw, a metal mallet and wire cutters.
In a post-arrest interview, Mack told police that he made entry into the vestibule by using a credit card, and that once inside, he used a grinder to attempt to cut through the side of the ATM. Mack said that Dale was acting as a lookout. The two left the bank after Mack said he realized while cutting into the ATM that he “should not be doing that.”
Mack, 28, has several prior theft convictions. Dale, 55, has over 20 prior convictions including first-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct, numerous burglary convictions, receiving stolen property, burglary tools, and second-degree assault.
At the time of the Sunday arrests, Dale was on probation for a Hennepin County felony stolen property case. Dale was convicted in the case in October. However, he received a stayed 19-month felony sentence from Judge Luis Bartolomei. Dale was released on probation after an alternative sentence of 90 days in jail, of which he was only required to serve 60 days.
Both men made their first court appearances on Tuesday. Mack was granted release with zero bail. Dale was granted release on $300 bail. Both are scheduled to make their next court appearances on May 21.
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