Lonely Planet Writer

Gang steals 73 ATMs across New York city in just over a year

New York has been overrun by a band of thieves who have stolen 73 ATMS across the city in the last 15 months. Up to five people are thought to be in the gang who are estimated to have stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars in four of the five boroughs where the machines were stolen.

An ATM machine
An ATM machine. Image by Tax Credits / CC BY 2.0

NBC4 New York reports that the spate of crime by the gang began in November 2013 by hitting machines in Manhattan (32), Brooklyn (17), Queens (16) and eight from the Bronx.

The first theft was in 2013 and the most recent one occured in February when, in a case of daylight robbery, the gang attacked machines from two pizzerias in Manhattan. Ironically, the Bombay Deli Pizza and Tandoori Restaurant, is just a block from the NYPD’s Midtown South Precinct.

The modus operandi of the robbers began by using crowbars but in the most recent heist, they used chains attached to stolen vehicles to rip the machines apart. The police say they know the same gang is responsible because of the similarities between the robberies.