BRIDGEPORT - Bridgeport police say they've seen a dramatic spike in the number of ATM burglaries reported across the city over the past two months.
Bridgeport Police Chief A.J. Perez says the latest incident happened around 3 a.m. today at the La Parada Market at 1132 Norman St.
The owner of the bodega says he fears for the safety of his family and his workers.
Surveillance video shows a man entering the store and then jumping over the counter, but then the thief covers the store's surveillance cameras.
Police say the suspects got away in a Buick Regal or Pontiac Grand Am.
Perez says the problem is that there is often as much as $100,000 in each machine, so it is like winning the lotto if the thief strikes at just the right moment.
Perez recommends that store owners begin bolting down ATMs to a concrete foundation so they cannot be tipped over and carted away when nobody is around.
Police urge anyone with information to call them at 203-576-TIPS.