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Two men face federal charges for ATM thefts across North Dakota

Collin Michael Grosz, 26, and Jacob Todd Stein, 26, face federal charges for several successful and attempted ATM thefts in fall 2019. Stein faces additional charges for thefts taking place in the spring.

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Two men were arraigned in federal court on Monday, Sept. 28, for a series of successful and attempted ATM thefts across North Dakota between September 2019 and May 2020.

Collin Michael Grosz, 26, was indicted for three counts of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, two counts of bank larceny and one count of malicious damage by fire of personal property used in interstate commerce. Jacob Todd Stein, 26, was indicted for three counts of conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S., four counts of bank larceny, two counts of malicious damage by fire of personal property used in interstate commerce and one count of use of fire to commit a felony.

According to court documents, the two men allegedly entered the State Bank and Trust of Kenmare on Sept. 1, 2019, and stole $9,420 from the ATM located inside the bank. On Sept. 6, 2019, they allegedly entered the North Dakota State Fairgrounds and attempted to steal money inside an ATM owned by Bremer Bank using cutting tools and pry bars. Three days later, they allegedly also attempted to break into ATMs located inside Citizens State Bank locations in Mohall and Sherwood.

Using fire, they are accused of damaging and destroying the three ATMs they attempted to gain access to on Sept. 6-9, according to documents.

Stein also is accused of taking $8,560 from the Bank North of Buffalo, N.D., on May 15, and an additional $11,980 from Bank Forward in New Rockford, N.D. He is accused of using fire to damage and destroy an ATM belonging to Bremer Bank on May 20. He also is charged with taking $23,960 from Aspire Credit Union of Minot on May 23.

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Both men are incarcerated in the Heart of America Treatment Center in Rugby, N.D. No future court dates have yet been set in their cases.

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