2010-01-22 / Front Page

Brothers Busted In ATM Grab

By Howard Schwach
Two Rockaway Park brothers were arrested recently in connection with the theft of an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) in the past month, one for stealing the machine and the other for threatening workers with burning down their store if they did not drop charges for the theft, police say.

The ATM was stolen in December from the Western Union check cashing establishment on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The ATM was stolen in December from the Western Union check cashing establishment on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. According to police sources and court records, John Mooney, 52, of 189 Beach 112 Street broke the window of the Western Union Check Cashing establishment at 114-17 Rockaway Beach Boule ard at about 12:38 a.m. on December 14.

Police officer Charles Feldman, on patrol in the 100 Precinct, reportedly saw Mooney placing the machine in a U-Haul truck.

When Feldman tried to stop Mooney, records show, the man fled in the truck with the ATM in the cargo bay.

When Feldman finally found the truck a few blocks away, it was empty.

Police officers watched the truck, however, and Mooney returned about two hours later. He was arrested on the scene.

Court records say that a security camera inside the Western Union store shows Mooney breaking in and stealing the ATM.

Police say the ATM contained about $8,300 when it was stolen.

Officials later found that the U-Haul had been stolen from a local dealer.

Police say that Mooney’s brother, Michael, was busted on January 9 on charges of attempting to get the owners of the Western Union store to drop the charges against John.

Court records show that Michael went in the store on December 18, encountering a clerk behind the counter.

“My brother didn’t steal the ATM and if you don’t drop the charges, I will burn your store down,” he allegedly told the startled clerk, who called police.

By the time police arrived, Mooney was gone, but police detectives tracked him down and arrested him last week.

According to a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, John Mooney was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on December 15, charged with burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

He was held on bail of $10,000 for his next court date, which was set for later this month.

Michael Mooney was arraigned on January 10, charged with intimidating a witness and harassment.

He was held on bail of $10,000 for his next court date, which has been set for January 26.

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