A burglar made away with an ATM containing $8,000, but police cracked the case before he could crack the safe.
The 35-year-old man clipped the lock off the roll-up gate in front of John’s Fried Chicken at 5225 Broadway, according to the police report, just after 1 a.m., on May 25. He allegedly entered the store, damaging a camera at the front in an attempt to cover his tracks. Using a stolen hand truck, the thief then reportedly wheeled the ATM away into the night. He also nicked a $100 radio.
He was charged with burglary.
Drive-by shootings are a rarity in Spuyten Duyvil, but employees at the Whitehall on Henry Hudson Parkway believe a pellet gun-toting vandal launched multiple attacks on the building May 19, according to police.
The front windows of the 23-story tower were damaged around 8 p.m., by what employees believed was a pellet gun. A second attack occurred three hours later, police said, causing between $800 and $1,000 damage to two windows by the building’s indoor swimming pool.
No injuries were reported.
Cars often are burglarized when valuables like GPS units, cell phones or purses are left visible inside, providing tantalizing confirmation of a payload for would-be thieves.
A broken window and a stolen wallet are bad enough. One Riverdale man, however, lost $6,100 in cash after a May 19 break-in, police said.
The 58-year-old left his car parked overnight across the street from Riverdale Temple on Independence Avenue. A burglar apparently broke the window of a 2017 Chevrolet City Express and grabbed a cash dispenser, according to the report, where the money was tucked away. Some computer equipment also was taken.