Blow torch thief ‘sleeps’ on ATM job 

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He might be fired as a criminal for sleeping on the job.


A man accused of using a blow torch to break into an ATM in the Upper Noe Valley neighborhood last weekend was found by police moments later sleeping in a nearby pickup truck – or at least pretending to.


Just after 3 a.m. Sunday, an alert citizen called police about the fiery break-in at a cash machine near Church and 29th streets.


An officer responded swiftly, police said, and saw a broken-into ATM but no suspect. But then she reportedly noticed a pickup truck parked near the machine with a man “asleep” in the front seat.


The cop shined her flashlight into the car, woke the man up, and reportedly discovered he was on probation for possession of burglary tools, police said. That warranted a police search of the truck in which an acetylene torch was found, along with a wrench, bolt cutters, flashlight and heavy duty work gloves, according to officers.


The suspect, whose identity was not immediately available, was taken to Ingleside Station and booked on several charges.


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