Thieves use backhoe for bank heist: Cops

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MASPETH — Thieves used a stolen backhoe in an attempt to break into a Chase Bank and steal the ATM inside, but could not break it open, police said.

The suspects got their hands on the $200,000 vehicle at a nearby construction company after snipping a padlock off a 30-foot fence before trying to break into the 48th Street bank early Saturday morning, the New York Post reported. They broke into the bank with the machinery and fled after failing to break into the ATM, the Post reported.

Police said the thieves were responsible for at least 10 other robberies throughout the city and used vehicles to break into their past hits as well.

Those with information should contact NYPD’s Crimestoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting its website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.

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