Arrest made in ATM thefts

BRIDGEPORT – Police have made an arrest in the theft of two ATM machines from a local grocery store.

Carlos Cedeno, 26, of Bunnell Street, was charged Friday with third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny and criminal mischief. He was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond.

On January 23, police found two dented and open ATM machines lying in the roadway, one on Williston Street and the other on Fifth Street. Police said the machines had been forced open and the cash was gone.

Police said the managed to trace the machines to the Borinquena Market on Central Avenue where the manager told them the machines had been cut out of the wall the previous night. At the time each machine contained more than $1,000, police said.

Police said a subsequent investigation identified two suspects, Anthony Villafane, 29, and Misael Hernandez, 62. Both were arrested on burglary and larceny charges. They said Cedeno was subsequently identified as the third suspect in the theft.

He was arrested Friday by members of the U.S. Marshal Violent Crime Fugitive Task Force.

Daniel Tepfer