A thief broke into a Westbury supermarket and stole an ATM, loading it onto a stolen mini-school bus and hauling it to Queens, Nassau County police said.
Police said David Hughes, 61, of Westbury, was arrested and charged with burglary and grand larceny.
At 5 a.m. Friday, Hughes shattered the glass front door at Bravo Supermarket on Post Avenue and removed the cash machine, police said.
Victor Perez, a manager at the store, said employees noticed the broken glass when they arrived to open the supermarket at 7:30 a.m. and saw that the ATM was gone.
“He put a yellow school bus in front of the store then he took a big brick and broke the window,” said Perez, who saw it on the store’s security video.
The manager said the thief carried out the ATM. “I don’t know how he did it. He was very strong, the guy,” he said.
Police sent out details of the theft to neighboring precincts and jurisdictions, officials said.
Later in the day, a call was placed to NYPD officers in the 111th Precinct in Bayside, Queens, saying there was a suspicious person and mini-school bus on Springfield Boulevard near the Grand Central Parkway, police said.
NYPD officers arrested Hughes after they found him inside the bus and saw the ATM on the ground.
Third Squad detectives from Nassau responded and took Hughes into custody at the 111th Precinct station house, police said.
Police said an investigation connected Hughes to a July 2013 burglary at a Westbury convenience store on Old Country Road. He was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree grand larceny.
Hughes was arraigned Saturday in First District Court in Hempstead where his bond was set at $2,500 or $1,250 cash. Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.