The Jersey City Police Department arrested a man who stole over $100,000 from seven different ATMs, city spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Laquan Wright, 30, of Jersey City, is charged with burglary, theft by unlawful taking, possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief (damage to property), and conspiracy, Wallace-Scalcione said in an email.
Following an investigation by the JCPD’s Major Case Unit, the JCPD made an arrest on Tuesday, October 4th, in connection with numerous multi-jurisdictional ATM thefts dating back to September 21st.
Wright faces burglary and theft charges for breaking into at least seven businesses in Jersey City, with more charges expected out of nearby municipalities for similar thefts.
Each incident followed a similar pattern where he would break into the business, steal the ATM machine and load it into a white van with fictitious license plates before fleeing.
Police estimate the collective total of stolen proceeds from the ATMs to be over $100,000. The JCPD’s Major Case Unit is still investigating the case and more charges are possible.