Man Used Jaws of Life to Pry Open ATMs, Steal Money: Police

Southington police have arrested a man who is accused of using a Jaws of Life to pry open ATMs and steal money from them.

Officers said they arrested Joshua Moore, of Shelton, on Friday in connection to a burglary at a Dunkin Donuts on West Street in 2016.

Investigators learned that the ATM machine inside of the restaurant was the primary target. According to police, Moore used a battery powered hydraulic spreader, also known as the Jaws of Life, to gain access to the ATM.

Police said the incident at Dunkin Donuts was not an isolated incident, but was rather one of many similar burglaries that involved someone using a Jaws of Life to pry open ATM machines within the region.

Multiple law enforcement agencies worked together to investigate the burglaries and eventually Greenwich police developed Moore as a suspect, officers added.

Search warrants show that Moore purchased a Jaws of Life from eBay prior to the burglaries, authorities said.

Officers estimate that Moore stole between $200,000 and $300,000 in cash from the ATMs.

Greenwich police secured an arrest warrant for Moore in January and took him into custody. Several other agencies have also served arrest warrants and Moore was being held on a total of $550,000 bonds.

On Friday, Moore was arrested at Bristol Superior Court. He is facing charges including burglary, criminal mischief and larceny. He was held on a $25,000 bond in relation to the case.

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