NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD is searching for a team of brazen thieves who specialize in robbing ATMs.
A surveillance video shows as hooded suspects manage to yank an ATM out of a business on Knickerbocker Avenue in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.
They place it in the back of a white getaway van double-parked with its hazard lights on, and then drive off.
Police say this happened around 4 a.m. on Sept. 19 while the store was open. The employee was in the back of the business at the time.
“That’s a 24-hour place and there’s whole spans of time when you don’t see an employee there,” said Peter O’Reilly, who lives in Bushwick. “I do laundry there, it’s not surprising.”
At a Sunset Park bagel store, they didn’t get as lucky.
“They didn’t actually come in, I guess when they realized there was somebody actually in here, they left,” said Nilsa Mejia of Sunset Bagels. “The employee heard banging on the window and he thought it was a co-worker, so he came and checked but there was nobody here.
“They had the right tools to break the lock without making a big ruckus,” she said.
This is one of nine incidents police believe the suspects are connected to in three boroughs.
The incidents span from Sept. 6 to Oct. 14 in the overnight or early morning hours.
In many cases, the suspects appeared to break into stores, steal cash or even whole ATM machines before fleeing.
In some instances, they left empty-handed, while in others it’s not clear how much money they allegedly stole. Police say one missing ATM was stocked with more than $6,000.
Police are looking for three men last seen wearing hooded sweatshirts, masks and carrying baseball hats.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74682), logging onto the Crime stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enterings TIP577.