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New Britain man charged after Stonington ATM theft attempt

The suspects were captured on surveillance video prying the front entrance doors open before attaching a cable to the ATM from the back of the SUV.

STONINGTON, Conn. — A New Britain man is facing charges after he and three others attempted to steal an ATM from a Walgreens store early Tuesday morning.

Stonington police said officers responded to reports report of possible car breaks at the store on South Broad Street shortly before 12:30 a.m. 

Officials later determined the incident was a burglary.

Upon arrival, police said a silver/gray Kia Sorento was backed up to the front entrance and the door was broken into.

Four suspects fled the scene and officers were unable to stop the car. Officials said the front entrance and an ATM were heavily damaged.

According to a release, the suspects were captured on surveillance video prying the front entrance doors open before attaching a cable to the ATM from the back of the SUV.

Police sat the suspects made multiple attempts to get the machine out, but were unsuccessful before officers arrived at the scene.

State Police located the vehicle on I-95 before it took exit 3 off Route 9 and crashed. The suspects ran from the vehicle, but one was located by K-9.

Officials identified the suspect as 28-year-old Francisco Maldonado, of New Britain.

The other suspects have not yet been identified nor located. 

Maldonado was charged by CSP for Interfering with an Officer before being turned over to Stonington PD.

He also faces the following charges:

  • 1st-degree Criminal Mischief
  • 3rd-degree Burglary
  • Criminal Attempt
  • 3rd-degree Larceny
  • Conspiracy: Discussion/Intent/Act toward Commission

Maldonado posted a $25,000 bond and is expected to appear in court on July 15.

There have been a number of ATM thefts in the state. Since the middle of May, here is a partial list. 

May 16

  • Ultra Coin Laundromat on North Colony Road Wallingford

May 18

  • Nutmeg Farms on Wolcott Road Wolcott

June 3

  • Shell gas station 1371 Middletown Avenue North Branford
  • Mobil gas station at 271 Foxon Road North Branford

June 4

  • Valero gas station at 256 Sullivan Avenue SOUTH WINDSOR:
  • Cumberland Farms at 151 Silas Deane Hwy WETHERSFIELD
  • Mobile Gas / Cross Automotive at 708 Silas Deane Hwy WETHERSFIELD

June 16

  • Pawcatuck Shopping Center 37 South Broad Street. Stonington

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