Police are looking for suspects who stole ATMs from Bodegas and restaurants in Woodside, Astoria and Flushing

Police on Friday released photos of at least two suspects wanted for the burglary of five small businesses across Queens and Brooklyn earlier this year. (Images: NYPD)

May 2, 2022 by Michael Duggan

Police on Friday released photos of at least two suspects wanted for ATM thefts from restaurants and bars across Queens and Brooklyn earlier this year.

The alleged thieves hit restaurants in Woodside and Astoria, as well as a grocery store in Flushing. The suspects also raided a restaurant and deli in Brooklyn and stole at least $16,700 in cash. Police reported that the wave of crime occurred during the months of February and March.

In each incident, one of the suspects robbed an ATM machine from the targeted buildings using a hand truck. It is not known how much cash is inside each ATM.

In some cases, attackers used a Chevy Tahoe SUV or Chrysler minivan as an escape vehicle.

The first burglary allegedly occurred in Woodside on February 8 at around 7 p.m. when a thief stole an ATM from Espinal Daily, located at 57-19 Northern Blvd. , an unspecified amount of cash from the cash register. Then he fled the location in Chevy Tahoe.

Eight days later, on February 16 at about 4 a.m., a suspect raided the Parkway Express Deli and Grill, located at 7502 3rd Ave, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and removed an ATM. The offender also took a cash register containing $4,500 in cash and withdrew $500 from the lottery cash register. Then he fled the location in Chevy Tahoe.

Coffee Pot, located at 03-31-30 Ave. in Astoria. (GMaps)

The crime spree continued on March 9 at approximately 5:20 a.m. when the suspects stole a coffee pot, located 03-31-30 Ave. in Astoria. They took an ATM before fleeing the site in a silver-colored Chrysler minivan.

Three days later, at about 3:50 a.m., the suspects stole an ATM, $8,200 in cash and six packs of cigarettes from Paul Market, located at 39-21 192 Streets in Flushing. Then they fled the scene in a Silver Chrysler minivan.

The most recent burglary occurred on March 31 at approximately 3:30 a.m. when a suspect stole an ATM as well as $3,500 in cash from Omonia Restaurant, located at 7612 3rd Ave. In Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The suspect then fled the scene in a car driven by the other suspect.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call the NYPD Crime Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or, in Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their advice by logging into the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

Photos from the March 9 incident, on 03-31-30 Ave. In Astoria (Images: NYPD)

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