NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gone in 60 seconds.
Surveillance video shows a pair of thieves stealing an entire ATM from a business in Queens.
Police said it happened shortly before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday outside Showroom Auto on 35th Avenue near 42nd Street in Long Island City.
The not-so-subtle suspects are a driver and a man in a hoodie. Only the latter can be seen on cellphone video shot by a neighbor across 35th Avenue. That neighbor did not want to go on camera with CBS2’s Dave Carlin, but a friend did.
“He saw everything, called the police. The police came and showed up fairly quickly, but they pretty much passed each other. They missed each other by like 30 seconds,” the friend said.
The money shot came from a second angle from a fixed surveillance camera system down the street from the dealership.
With the machine dragged out into the street, it was loaded up fast into a van believed to be stolen, Carlin reported.
“I mean, they were bold. They were really bold,” the dealership owner said.
He said this is the second time thieves came after his ATM. After the first time several years ago he thought he made it tamper proof.
“It was bolted and cemented in with rods going inside the stone and everything and they got it out,” the owner said. “You put in an ATM to help the customers, to help the general public convenience-wise. But it’s not worth it. It will not be going back, I assure you.”
“That’s crazy. That’s what they did? Just crazy, man, outrageous,” added Long Island City resident Khalilur Rahman.
Police are not linking this action-packed ATM theft to a recent string of similar cases.
The amount of cash that was in the lifted ATM is unknown, but Carlin was told the machine itself is valued at $2,500.