It’s a despicable new form of fast money.
Two men were caught on video as they yanked an ATM out of an East Village deli — a crime slammed as an alarming new trend in the city.
“We get robbed, we get killed, we are assaulted, but this is a new thing,” said Jose Dario Collado, the owner of Yankee Deli & Grocery on Avenue C near East 11th Street that got raided in the early hours Friday.
“Looting is in style and there is nothing we can do about it,” he said, saying the pair caught on camera “assaulted” his bodega and “left damages totaling thousands of dollars.”
“Who will pay me? The City? The Mayor? The Small Business Administration?” Collado asked. “I want answers.”
Video shows a man in black sweats — his face obscured by his hood — attaching a chain to the ATM as another man, in red pants a dark T-shirt, waits by a white van with its rear doors open. It was not clear how much cash was in it at the time.
“We have never witnessed anything like this before,” Fernando Mateo of the United Bodegas Of America (UBA) said of the growing trend.
“It’s like out of a movie script, they must have seen this on TV,” he said, with most raiders ripping off the security gates before using the same rope to tear out the ATM machine.
“It’s scary to see what people are doing and getting away with. Cops are nowhere in sight, NYC is underserved. People don’t respect cops anymore and that is very sad.”
UBA president Radames Rodriguez said that the crime wave is “devastating” to bodega owners and workers.
“We work 15 hours a day and to wake up and find your bodegas in shambles is not acceptable,” he said, calling for “law and order” and arrests.
“We have had enough and the Mayor must respond, what’ s going on in the City?” he asked, saying many are now “afraid to go to work.”
“Our streets are not safe anymore,” insisted Rodriguez.
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