By Karen Zautyk
If you’re a store owner who has an ATM near the front door, you might consider moving it.
In northern New Jersey since August, there have been 12 incidents — including four in the last week — involving smash-and-grab thefts. What gets smashed is a store’s front door, or maybe a picture window. What gets grabbed is an ATM. The whole machine.
The smashing is done with a motor vehicle — usually a Jeep or pick-up truck — which the bandits drive (often backwards) through the glass and into the shop.
Then they load the ATM into it, or another vehicle waiting outside, and make their getaway.
The culprits usually strike in the pre-dawn hours. The amount of money stolen is a lot less than the amount of damage they cause to the premises.
On Saturday, Jan. 24, it was Kearny’s turn.
At 4:47 a.m., KPD Officer Thomas Sumowski responded to a burglar alarm at the Buy Rite Liquor Store on Harrison Ave., near the Walmart. He arrived to find the glass front doors broken and the wall heavily damaged. He also found a green Jeep Cherokee, unoccupied and with its motor running, parked in front, Capt. Stephen Durkin reported. The vehicle, he said, had heavy damage to the rear. Read more »