According to authorities, the suspects drove a Jeep Cherokee through the front window of the Family Dollar Store located on Bloomfield Avenue.
Store employees discovered the damage the next morning and reported the incident to police.
Bloomfield police were able to obtain surveillance footage of the theft. The surveillance video reportedly shows two vehicles stopping in front of the store sometime around 4:30 a.m. The vehicles were a dark-colored Jeep Cherokee Sport and a white Porsche Cayenne.
Police said that the video footage shows the Jeep backing into the front window of the Dollar Store. Two men then exited the vehicles, entered the store, and stole the ATM. The vehicles fled the area a short time later.
The ATM was discovered in Newark New Jersey on the same day. Investigators with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Crime Lab are currently examining the ATM. At this time, it is not clear exactly how much money was taken from the ATM.
Police have yet to identify any suspects in the case. If the suspects are eventually identified and apprehended, they face significant criminal charges for theft of movable property and burglary. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3, theft of movable property can be classified as a third degree felony if the stolen property is valued at more than $500.
The recent Bloomfield Dollar Store theft comes on the heels of a number of other smash-and-grab thefts in the area. Police indicated that similar thefts occurred in Clifton in January, in Bloomfield in February, and in Newark late last year. A Bloomfield sergeant said that the incidents might be related.
For further information about the Bloomfield Dollar Store theft case, view the NJ.com article entitled “SUV Smashed Through Bloomfield Dollar Store to Steal ATM, Cops Say.”