Two men stole an ATM machine from a wall outside a building in New York City in what some feared is a growing trend, according to reports.
ABC Channel 7 reported that the suspects were reported because they were in the middle of an ATM clearance for free outside Yankee Deli on C Street in the East Village. The suspects loaded ATM machines into a car with New Jersey license plates.
The driver knocked down most of the bodega wall along with an ATM while trying to free it.
“I can’t believe this happened to my shop because the neighborhood is quiet here, and it’s crazy,” said Jose Collado, owner of the Deli. “I am very angry when I see that, because before the city was good, but now the city is crazy. There aren’t many police in the street.”
The suspects executed their plan around 4:30 AM, but there were still many witnesses despite the first hour.
Fernando Matteo of United Bodegas told the New York Post that the industry is seeing an increase in ATM-like thefts.
“We’ve never seen anything like this before,” Matteo told the newspaper. “It feels like outside of a movie script, they must have seen this on TV.”
UBA President Radams Rodriguez described this trend as “devastating” to bridge owners and workers.
“We work 15 hours a day,” Rodriguez said. “It’s unacceptable to wake up and find your body in a mess.” “We are tired enough and the mayor has to answer, What is going on in town?”
The newspaper reported that the New York Police Department did not immediately release data on the number of robberies that occurred