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Band of crooks nabbed in Brooklyn after stealing ATM machine, may be behind string of similar thefts

2019-01-10

Police at the scene where stolen ATM was recovered on Washington Ave. in Crown Heights. (Vic Nicastro for New York Daily News)

A band of crooks was nabbed in Brooklyn early Thursday after stealing an ATM machine — and cops believe they may be behind a string of similar thefts, sources said.

The bandits made off with an ATM from a grocery on Nostrand Ave. near Fulton St. in Bedford-Stuyvesant Sources about 12:35 a.m., cops said.

Police got a tip they had holed up in the basement of a building on Washington Ave. near St. John's Place in Crown Heights.

When cops showed up at the building, the suspects fled. After a brief chase at least five suspects were taken into custody by officers from the 77th Precinct's anti-crime team about 2 a.m.

Cops say they found a damaged ATM machine, a blow torch, a gun and bullets in their basement lair.

Outside the building investigators found a U-Haul and a hand truck used to steal the ATM, sources said.

Investigators believe the team may be behind a string of ATM thefts.

Charges were pended against the apprehended suspects.

Police at the scene where stolen ATM was recovered on Washington Ave. in Crown Heights.
Police at the scene where stolen ATM was recovered on Washington Ave. in Crown Heights. (Vic Nicastro for New York Daily News)