NEW YORK CITY, NY – The NYPD are searching for two suspects that brazenly pulled up to a local deli in order to steal an entire ATM, which video captured of the incident shows the thieves loading the machine into the back of a van.
— KCTV5 News (@KCTV5) August 18, 2020
Police say that the incident happened at approximately 4:30 a.m. on August 14th, with surveillance footage showing the heist in action. While the captured video leaves much to be desired in terms of quality, it appears that at least two people were involved in the act.
The owner of the deli, Jose Collado, stated that the criminals hooked up what appeared to be a cable to the machine and used a vehicle to yank the ATM from where it was situated. The criminal act resulted in substantial damage to the business owner’s store.
Having been doing business in the area for around 30 years, Collado stated that this was the first time he’s been a victim of such a crime. With all that is going on between the riots and the detrimental effects of the pandemic on small businesses, Collado can’t figure out why someone would do such a thing:
“I’m very angry because I don’t understand how people do that right now.”
The store owner was also disheartened with the length of time it took for officers to respond to the area. Collado remembers when police used to have a heavier presence in the area but ever since the riots and protests, their visibility has diminished.
Collado isn’t certain as to how much money was inside of the ATM at the time of it being stolen but did state that there’s an estimated $8,000 to $10,000 worth of damage done to his deli.
Making mention of his strong work ethic, Collado is also aware that getting the funds to repair the damage is no small feat:
“I’m working hard. I open the store at 5 in the morning and I’ll be here until 9 at nighttime. Do you know how many hours I work a day? To collect tens of thousands of dollars to fix is not easy.”
Police have not indicated that they’ve identified any of the suspects believed to be involved. However, the NYPD did state that they’ll begin allocating resources over to areas that have seen an uptick in criminal activity.
It’s not just criminal acts like burglary that have been plaguing the Big Apple. During the same weekend this heist was pulled off, numerous shootings ravaged the city.
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Over the course of four days, Thursday, August 13 through Sunday, August 16, there were 50 people shot, with seven fatalities. These shootings are 50 separate shootings, 40 gun-related incidents since Friday.
Breitbart News reported 20 victims from 12 shootings on Friday. Deshawn Reid, 28-years-old was shout out in front of his Flatbush apartment on Ocean Avenue Friday at 4 p.m. Deshawn was the only victim to die out of the 20. He died from his wounds.
By Sunday morning, Paul Pinkney, 46, was mourning DeShawn Reid’s death when he was shot and killed. Pinkney was lighting candles for Reid.
What happened to @NYCMayor’s “plan” to stop the violence? Disband anti-crime teams, make it impossible to arrest a resisting suspect, and now: 76 people were shot this week. 14 were murdered. https://t.co/1sQDCySJIB
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) August 17, 2020
Pinkney was shot in the head two times and pronounced dead at the scene. Pinkney was known as “P-Funk”, a handyman, who did little side jobs here and there, trying to avoid getting sick by the COVID-19.
Tyquasia Davis, 30, the wife of Pinkney’s nephew said:
“He was out here because another young man died over there so he came from the young men’s candle lighting yesterday, right there where a young man died. So, he went to go in and light a candle for him and somebody shot him.”
Davis also said:
“He was loved by everybody.”
NYPD data showed that from midnight Friday to Monday morning, at least 39 shootings occurred involving 51 people. Seven of these victims were killed. On early Sunday, a 47-year-old man was shot and killed in the area of Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
— PIX11 News (@PIX11News) August 17, 2020
Another fatality was New York City corrections officer, John Jeff. He was killed by his own gun. He was leaving from a party in Queens when he was shot 11 times Saturday morning. The shooting occurred while he was looking for a parking spot.
On Saturday afternoon, a man started shooting at a subway rider in one of New York City’s busiest train terminals, Grand Central. The victim was injured, and the suspect was arrested. Tearance Crumpty, 26, was arrested according to NYPD Chief Rodney Harrison.
A crimestoppers tip helped police track Crumpty to Queens. He is facing charges of attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a loaded firearm. The firearm was recovered. Crumpty opened fire on the southbound train No. 4,5, and 6 at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDDetectives) August 17, 2020
Crumpty and the victim were arguing prior to the shooting. The victim works at Keste, a popular pizza place on Bleecker Street. The restaurant has set up a GoFundMe page for the victim to help his family pay for the medical bills. The victim has worked at Keste Pizza for a long time.
Another five individuals were shot by Monday morning. Four men were shot in Cypress Hills and another man shot in the Upper West Side. None of the victims sustained life-threatening injuries and were treated at the hospital.
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