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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ A man and woman are facing federal indictment for attempting to break into a fee collection box at an entrance to Crater Lake National Park.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (http://bit.ly/2gQFkIK ) that an indictment filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Medford says the pair tried repeatedly to break open the container during an early morning in November. Visitors deposit a fee of $10 per vehicle in the collection container before entering the park.

Court documents say the couple employed a drill, hammer, crowbar and Ford Taurus in their attempt to get into the collection box. When that didn’t work, they reportedly returned the next day with a reciprocating saw.

U.S. National Park Service ranger Shane A. Rogers says the couple was caught on surveillance video and was able to access some of the cash.