LAKE RONKONKOMA, New York — It was not the smoothest of getaways.
Bank robbers who tried to drive off with a bank ATM chained to the back of the car were forced to abandon the goods after the machine broke free in the middle of the road.
Police in Suffolk County, New York, say they received a call about a “transformer” laying in the middle of a road in Lake Ronkonkoma early Tuesday but were surprised to find an ATM instead.
The machine had been stolen from outside a nearby bank.
Police said the thief — or thieves — dragged the machine several blocks from a Capital One branch using a chain attached to a vehicle before the ATM became “dislodged” and ended up abandoned in the middle of the street.
Investigators say it did not appear the ATM had been broken into. Detectives were canvassing the area for witnesses and surveillance videos.