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Man arrested in ATM break-ins

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ELYRIA — A man who allegedly admitted to breaking into two different ATMs to steal cash in support of his drug habit has been charged with two felonies, Elyria police said.

Surveillance footage from the ATMs was then posted on the Elyria Police Department's Facebook page and helped lead officers to the alleged culprit, according to Elyria police.

Leon J. Hudson, 39, of 1301 Middle Ave., was arrested Friday morning, police spokesman Lt. James Welsh said. He is being held in the Lorain County Jail on $10,000 cash bond, charged with two counts of safecracking, both fourth-degree felonies, according to Elyria police.

Hudson allegedly confessed to using a screwdriver on the Fifth Third Bank ATM at 281 Broad St. at approximately 10:50 p.m. Wednesday. Later, at approximately 11:20 p.m., Hudson also went to the Huntington National Bank ATM at 105 Court St. downtown and attempted to open that machine as well.

No money was taken in either incident, but Hudson allegedly "caused significant damage to both ATMs" while attempting to steal cash, police said.

After releasing the photos, detectives "received multiple responses from the community who assisted detectives in identifying Mr. Hudson," police said.

Hudson allegedly confessed to the crimes, admitted a substance abuse problem and said "he planned on using the cash at the ATM to support his drug habit," according to Elyria police.

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