A 29-year-old Bryan man has been sentenced to 30-years in prison for doing so much damage trying to break into an ATM that the whole machine had to be replaced.
He was also sentenced to 20 years in prison for evading arrest with a previous conviction.
The Brazos County District Attorney’s Office reported that Christopher John Ross Tarver had already been out on bond for other offenses at the time of the incident in October 2016.
Police say they were called to BBVA Compass bank by security officers reporting a break in and theft at an ATM in progress at the bank’s branch in the 1200 block of Briarcrest Drive.
Sensors within the ATM had triggered an alarm, alerting bank security that someone was trying to break in.
With police on the way, a camera in the ATM captured live video of Tarver trying to get into the machine.
When police arrived, they saw Tarver running away with a crowbar in his hand.
He dropped the crowbar and ran when officers commanded him to stop.
Police caught him as he ran back into the same foyer containing the ATM he had just tried to break into.
The damage to the machine was reported as ” significant.”
The DA’s office noted that Tarver was previously convicted for possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespass in 2006.
He was convicted of theft, forgery and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in 2007
Tarver went to prison in 2008 after he was convicted of burglary of a habitation, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, two counts of credit or debit card abuse, four counts of burglary of a motor vehicle and theft.
In 2013, Tarver went to prison again for tampering with evidence, theft with previous convictions, burglary of a motor vehicle with previous convictions, possession of a controlled substance, evading arrest and resisting arrest.
Assistant District Attorneys Steve Zimmerman and Maritza Sifuentez-Chavarria said, ” This defendant tried to make a career out of crime. His relentless efforts to steal from innocent members of this community warranted the serious prison sentence in this case.”