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Police searching for culprits of ATM thefts

PLATTSBURGH - New York State Police in Plattsburgh and Lewis are currently investigating a series of commercial burglaries in which the suspects have stolen the portable ATM machines located in each of the establishments.

The dates of the thefts range from late August to Sept. 30.

The first theft occurred at 12:21 a.m. Aug. 23 at the M&M Grocery Store, located at 933 Norrisville Road, in the town of Peru. There, an ATM machine valued at $2,899 containing an undisclosed amount of currency was stolen.

The second theft occurred at 3:19 a.m. Aug. 29, at Exit 34 Sunoco, located at 271 State Route 9N, in the town of Ausable. Suspects gained entry by breaking a door and attempted to remove the ATM machine but were unable due to it being secured to the floor by bolts. Money was stolen from the machine with approximately $2,000 in damage to the door and ATM machine.

On Sept. 28, the Cobble Hill Inn, located at 7432 State Route 9, in the town of Elizabethtown, reported a burglary in which the suspects entered through a side door and stole an ATM machine valued at $2,500 and the money inside the machine. The ATM was secured to the floor by lag bolts but the suspects were able to remove the ATM from the floor. The burglary was called in at 10:29 a.m.

Most recently, Rod's Grocery, located at 2499 State Route 9N, in the town of Ausable, reported a burglary at 6:43 a.m. Sept. 30. There, suspects gained entry through a side window, removed the ATM machine valued at approximately $3,000 and the money inside the machine. That ATM was also secured to the floor with lag bolts, however, the suspects were able to remove the ATM from the floor.

Those with information concerning the investigations are asked to call the New York State Police in Plattsburgh at 563-3761 or Lewis at 873-2750.

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