By Joe Johnson
Two men from out of state were arrested Saturday night for blowing up an ATM in Oconee County.
According to a Facebook announcement from Sheriff Scott Berry, the suspects used an undisclosed device to blow up the ATM, located at the Bank of the Ozarks, at the intersection of Virgil Lankford Road and Epps Bridge Parkway.
“The homemade device literally blew the ATM up, however the safe inside was left intact and was not breached,” Berry said in the social media post.
Mawdo Malik Sallah, 33, of Clearwater Fla., and Kirk Douglas Johnson, 34, of Anderson, S.C. were apprehended by Jackson County deputies as they fled the scene of the explosion, according to the sheriff’s post.
Both were charged with first-degree arson, manufacture of an explosive device, second-degree criminal damage to property and conspiracy to commit a felony. "Many more" charges are expected as authorities in Florida and South Carolina are investigating similar cases, according to the Facebook post. “I want to thank Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum and the Safe Streets Task Force for all their help and assistance,” Berry said. The type of device or how it was made will not be released, the sheriff said.
Sallah and Johnson were being held at the Oconee County Jail without bail being set.