Police: 3 burglars with blow torch break into Fort Worth bank

SWAT teams called to burglary in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH -- Three suspects with a blow torch broke into a bank and tried to steal from the ATM early Tuesday morning, leading to a nearly three-hour SWAT standoff, said the Fort Worth Police Department.

A call went out to police at 5 a.m. about a burglary in progress at a BBVA Compass bank at 8875 Camp Bowie West Boulevard. 

A security officer called police after he saw three men with a blow torch inside the bank on security cameras, said police.

Police said the suspects didn't manage to steal money. 

When police arrived, they didn't see the suspects, but an officer heard what he thought may be a someone on the roof. 

SWAT officers were called to the scene a short time later and searched the bank with a canine, but didn't find the suspects. The situation came to an end at about 7:45 a.m.

A sergeant at the scene told WFAA that it appears the suspects knew what they were doing and left some damage inside the bank.

The sergeant also said the suspects may have first tried get inside a Toyota dealership next door before moving on to the bank.

Surveillance video from both businesses will be reviewed, the sergeant said.

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