NBC4 Washington Reports ATM Stolen from Landover Sports and Learning Center

On Thursday night, the Wayne Curry Sports and Learning Center in Landover fell victim to ATM thieves who broke in and stole the ATM machine. The center was closed on Friday morning as an investigation into the theft began. Regular patrons of the popular facility were surprised to learn about the incident upon its reopening. Some patrons were not shocked by the news, as the center lacks a permanent security guard and constant monitoring.

The facility has become a hub for the community, with its fields and tracks being frequented by seniors and fitness enthusiasts alike. Those who frequent the center questioned the motive behind the theft, as the ATMs in the building do not always contain cash. Many attributed the crime to desperation, recognizing that stealing ATM machines from a sports facility would not lead to significant wealth.

Prince George’s County Police Chief Malik Aziz and Maryland Congressman Glenn Ivey discussed the issue of ATM thefts in a press conference on Thursday. They highlighted that such thefts pose risks to the public and disrupt financial institutions. The Safe Access to Cash Act, supported by Ivey, would treat ATM thefts like bank robberies, allowing federal authorities to investigate these crimes.

Aziz emphasized that ATM thefts are not victimless crimes and can escalate to more violent acts by organized criminals. If passed, this bill could lead to fines and up to 20 years in prison for those caught stealing ATMs from public spaces like sports facilities. The Maryland-National Capital Park Police are currently handling the investigation into

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