Thief breaks into bank with backhoe

Thief breaks into bank with backhoe

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Police were investigating a bank break-in in Queens. Police were investigating a bank break-in in Queens.
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Police in Queens were investigating an unusual bank robbery on Friday morning.

Someone used a backhoe to break into a Chase bank on 48th Street in the Masbeth section of the borough.

It apparently took place at about 3 a.m. while the bank was closed.

Video from SkyFoxHD showed a wall and door smashed in the front of the building. The backhoe was left running in front of the building.  It had been stolen from a nearby construction site.

Police say the thief broke in through the ATM vestibule.  The ATM was laying in front of the building after the break-in.

Police were still on the scene in the 8 a.m. hour.  It was unclear if any money was stolen in the break-in.

Detectives say it's part of a pattern of several smash-and-grab thefts. The suspects use tools, vehicles or construction equipment to break into ATMs.

Most of the thefts have occurred in Brooklyn and Queens, according to the NYPD.

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