Police: Two Romanian men arrested for trying to break into Hoboken bank ATM

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Two Romanian men were arrested for trying to break into a Hoboken Capital One Bank ATM with a chisel Sunday evening, authorities said.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Iulian Laurus, 30, Albert Puscasu, 27, both of Romania, were charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, burglary, identity theft, credit card fraud, criminal attempt theft of movable property, hindering apprehension, possession of fraudulent government documents, criminal mischief, and possession of burglar’s tools, according to Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.

At about 9:55 p.m. on Sunday, off-duty Police Officers Anthony Rutkowski and Daniel Grossi of the Hoboken Police Department were walking in the area of 301 Washington St.

Upon approaching Capitol One Bank, they observed a man inside the lobby attempting to pry open an ATM with some type of tool. Rutkowski reported the incident and they followed the suspect until uniformed officers and detectives arrived.

The suspect was stopped in the area of 235 Hudson St. by Det. Sgt. Josue Velez, Det. Adam Colon, as well as Officers William Bullock, Nicklas Valarius, and Harold Milne.

An on-scene investigation led to the arrest of Laurus, who was found to be in possession of 1 ΒΌ inch chisel. The ATM machine was inspected and appeared to have damage consistent with a prying tool. Laurus was transported to police headquarters for processing.

Additionally, a vehicle believed to belong to Laurus was located in the immediate area and was found to be parked illegally. The vehicle was towed to headquarters for further investigation.

While waiting for a tow truck, a second man, later identified as Puscasu, approached detectives on scene and inquired about the vehicle.

An investigation ultimately led to his arrest and his charges being placed on a warrant before being transported transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

Furthermore, several thousand dollars were also confiscated as evidence believed to be proceeds from other ATMs. At this time no other Hoboken financial institutions have reported any theft from ATMs, police said.