by Tim Burkhardt, staff writer
Was this an attempted robbery? Was it a misguided and ineffective statement against corporate banking? One thing is for certain, it was a felony.
In the early hours of Thursday morning, Gladfelter was burglarized. The unidentified subject (or subjects) gained access to the building by breaking two windows in the student activities office in lower Glad. Upstairs, the as-yet-unidentified burglar attempted to gain access to the BB&T ATM by method of blowtorch.
The letters “OWS,” were spray-painted on a wall by the ravaged machine. It seems that the perpetrator either intended to throw police off the trail by using the Occupy Wall Street movement as a scapegoat, or that there is a seriously confused anarchist in our midst.
According to the police, the criminal failed to get his or her hands on any cash, but did burn some of the money and ruin the ATM. Hopefully nobody will need to make any withdrawals this weekend.
Was this an attempted robbery? Was it a misguided and ineffective statement against corporate banking? One thing is for certain, it was a felony. The Warren Wilson ATM has been vandalized five times over the last three years, but this is a new degree of destruction. The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department is investigating; they were at the crime scene Thursday morning and on into the afternoon, searching for clues.
It is not clear whether or not the police have any solid leads, but they have been questioning students on campus. When asked about the investigation, an officer on the scene who wished to remain unidentified stated, “Your school’s got some real idiots here.” When asked if that was meant to imply that a Warren Wilson student was a suspect, the officer responded, “We’re operating under the assumption that it could be anybody.” He then returned to dusting for fingerprints.