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Medford man indicted in attempted ATM robbery

Posted by Jarret Bencks  June 19, 2013 11:02 AM

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A Medford man who allegedly attempted to break into a Boston ATM last year and led investigators on a brief chase through a building has been indicted on a bank robbery charge, according to court documents.

Terry K. Leigh, 44, was arrested at 465 Columbus Ave. on Aug. 11, 2012 after a surveillance team from the FBI Violent Crimes Task force watched him pry open the door to a Bank of America ATM machine there, then saw sparks emanating from underneath the ATM's access door. Leigh was wearing a fake beard, track pants, a long-sleeve shirt, a messenger bag and gloves when he entered the ATM at about 9:45 p.m., according to court documents.

Investigators said when they approached the ATM, Leigh fled up a stairwell at 465 Columbus Ave., and he was eventually found hiding on top of a ventilation shaft on the roof, where they also found a disassembled cellphone.

The messenger bag was found stuffed behind the heat shield of a radiator on the sixth floor. Saw blades, a grinder, other tools and the fake beard were found inside the bag, according to investigators. Rubber gloves and a hat were found in the building's basement incinerator, which is connected to the ventilation shaft on the roof where Leigh was found.

An inspection of the ATM found grind marks on the hinges of the door that protected the money trays, and debris from the ATM and grinder on the ground.

A complaint was filed against Leigh in US District Court in Boston in April. He was indicted by a grand jury June 18.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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