2008-01-31 / Other News

Burglars Go Through Roof Of Ave. L Deli But Can't Open Its ATM Inside

Burglars this week entered the New Way Deli at 9101 Avenue L through a hole they cut in the roof and unsuccessfully attempted to break open and rob the store's ATM machine, police said.

A report filed at the 69th Precinct notes that the deli manager arrived shortly before 7 a.m. on Monday, Jan-uary 28 and, after opening the store, discovered that the cash register had been rifled open and was empty. He immediately called police.

Officials from the local detective squad said the thieves had entered the store through the hole in the roof. They apparently let themselves down into the store and headed immediately for the ATM machine, but they were un-able to pry it open.

"Apparently they figured they'd at least get something out of it," said one detective, "so they took an undetermined amount of cash from the cash register and then took a number of articles from behind the counter, including about a dozen cartons of cigarettes, along with phone cards and MetroCards."

The detective said the store had not been ransacked, except for the area from which the items were stolen.

"After they found they couldn't open the ATM, they took whatever they could and left by the same means they arrived - through the roof," he said.

He did not say how he knew, or surmised, there were two burglars, but said they have "a few leads" they are pursuing at this time.

A spokesman said they need the community's input on the case, however, and asked that anyone with information please contact them at (718) 257-6215 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Charles Rogers

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