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An ATM in Maine spewed out $37,000 in cash to a man who began stuffing the bills into shopping bags.


Bundles of $20 bills roll through the printing press on July 12, 2012, at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving in Washington, D.C., where the high-tech presses run 24 hours a day. (Credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

South Portland police received a report that a man had been lingering at an ATM for an unusually long time last week. When officers arrived they found that he was grabbing cash by the fistful and cramming it into bags.

“He showed the officers and said ‘Yeah, this is my bag of money,’” Lt. Todd Bernard told the Los Angeles Times on Monday.

But that was not the case.

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