Police see dramatic spike in ATM burglaries

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

Bridgeport Police Chief A.J. Perez says the latest ATM was stolen on Norman Street around 3 a.m. today.

Bridgeport Police Chief A.J. Perez says the latest ATM was stolen on Norman Street around 3 a.m. today. (9/28/16)

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.   

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