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ATM stolen in bodega burglary in Stamford

April 1, 2019

STAMFORD — Three businesses were broken into over the weekend in Glenbrook and thieves wielding a large crowbar made off with an ATM from one of the establishments.

Police said Burns Tavern on Hamilton Avenue was still open when three thieves broke into neighboring Tonny and Skinny Barbers, La Placita Market and Mama Rosa’s Latin & American Grill.

Miguel Dominguez, 43, said the masked burglars broke into the backdoor at La Placita Market at about 12:40 a.m. Sunday, based on video surveillance. They looked around for spare cash before one produced a crow bar and began uprooting the ATM right next to the front door, which was then dragged out the back door like it was a body. Dominguez, whose parents own the store, said all the trio took besides the ATM was a single sleeve of Hall’s cough drops.

Dominguez said his parents have three other bodegas and been doing business in Stamford for 11 years without a break-in.

“What I can say is that I love Stamford and people in this neighborhood are nothing but great,” he said, adding that these burglars are probably from out of town.

Dominguez said his family should have taken better precautions to burglar-proof the store they have owned for four years. “It’s part of doing business,” he said.

Next door at Tonny and Skinny Barbers, Anneudy “Skinny” De Los Santos said he was disappointed that the burglars took an undisclosed amount of cash that he and his partner were keeping for rent, which is now due.

“This same thing happened to a friend of mine on the West Side just last weekend, so I don’t think it is the area (neighborhood) that is at fault,” De Los Santos said. “It happened. I can’t do anything about it.”

Mama Rosa’s was also broken into through the back door that same night.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com