POLICE BEAT

ATM withdrawal lands thief in cuffs

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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.

Whitehall vandals damage windows

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.

Six-grand taken
from parked car

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.

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