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Police: Man shot empty bank

Hernando Today staff report
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 06:09 PM
BROOKSVILLE -

A man was arrested Thursday following allegations he tried to steal money from a bank after hours and fired a bullet into the unoccupied building.

Shahid Mohammed Kalam, 22, of 26460 Croft Lane, deposited a $1,000 stolen or forged check at 3 a.m. at the Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union and then attempted to withdraw cash from the automated-teller machine, according to the Brooksville Police Department.

The ATM card he used was expired and he was using an improper personal identification number, police said.

The machine took the card, so Kalam responded by backing his vehicle against the building at 18915 Cortez Blvd., tied a seatbelt to the ATM and attempted to rip it from the wall, said Police Chief George Turner.

That tactic didn't work, so he used a stolen .25-caliber handgun and fired a round through the front door of the bank, which shattered the glass, police said.

Kalam didn't get any cash, but the ATM and the building were damaged, according to a news release.

Kalam, who by then was identified by police as the suspect through ATM surveillance, returned to the credit union for unrelated business and was arrested, said Turner.

The firearm also was recovered in his possession, according to police.

He was charged with attempted armed burglary, attempted grand theft and shooting into an unoccupied building.

Police said they are still investigating and more charges could be filed.

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