Police: Man used ‘jaws of life’ to steal $200K from ATMs across the state

Police: Man used ‘jaws of life’ to steal $200K from ATMs across the state

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SOUTHINGTON — A Shelton man faces charges after police said he used a tool similar to the Jaws of Life to break into ATMs across the state, including one in Southington in 2016. 

Police estimate between $200,000 and $300,000 was taken in the burglaries.

Joshua Moore, age and address unknown, was charged Friday by town police with third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and first-degree criminal mischief.

On Oct. 7, 2016, a suspect broke into the ATM at Dunkin’ Donuts, 1096 West St. Police determined a battery-powered hydraulic spreader, similar to the jaws of life used by fire departments, was used to gain access to the ATM, said police spokesman Lt. Stephen Elliott.

Similar ATM burglaries were reported around the state. Multiple law enforcement agencies identified Moore as a suspect and found he purchased a Holmatro BCT 4120 Self Contained Rescue Tool online before the burglaries occurred, Elliott said. 

Several police departments have charged Moore in connection with the burglaries. He is being held on a total of $550,500 bond.  

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