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ATM torn from Middlefield restaurant by van

Posted August 11

— State police are looking for whoever ripped an ATM right out of a popular family restaurant in Middlefield.

Troopers said it happened at the cash-only Guida's Restaurant on Meriden Road, also known as Route 66, Wednesday just after 2:30 a.m.

They said they responded to the restaurant after the burglar alarm went off.

When they arrived, they said they found the front door broken off of the hinges.

A search of the inside of the restaurant revealed that the ATM machine was gone.

Surveillance footage showed a white 1995-2002 GMC Savana van with stolen Pennsylvania plate YSG7232 backed right up to the door.

The whole crime took about 4 minutes.

"Obviously they've been here before because the ATM is here," pointed out Gary Robarge of Southington.

Two men got out of the vehicle dressed in all black clothing and masks. They wrapped a chain around the handle of the front door while a third suspect accelerated to pull it open.

The other two suspects then wrapped the chain around the ATM machine while the third drove off to pull it of the restaurant.

They put it in the van and fled.

They made off with an undisclosed amount of money, according to state police.

"As a I came around the corner [on Friday], I saw the sign 'no ATM' which I thought was weird because there has been an ATM there forever," Gary Robarge told Eyewitness News.

Customers said they couldn't believe it happened there.

"It's such a small place, you wouldn't expect that to happen here," said Kari Robarge of Southington.

The business remains open despite the crime.

Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 860-399-2100 or text "TIP711" with any information to 274637.

All calls and texts will remain confidential.

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