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Break-in at Sea Cliff Village Hall and ATM theft from New Hyde Park McDonald's being investigated, police say

Nassau Third Squad detectives are investigating break-ins at the Sea Cliff Village Hall where someone wrote a mischievous message on a conference room wall and at a New Hyde Park McDonald's where a ATM was stolen, police said Monday.

According to detectives, the Sea Cliff Village mayor entered the conference room and saw written on one of its walls: "Let us chill in parks so we don't have to chill here!!!# give respect where respect was due." There was also a heart symbol with the words "sorry janitor" written. The mayor told police windows in the room had been opened.

The break-in occurred sometime between Friday and yesterday, police said, adding that they are investigating it as a burglary.

While there was no indication anything was taken, Officer Eric Evensen, a Nassau police spokesman, said a burglary charge results when anyone enters and remains in a building unlawfully "and the intent is to commit a crime," such as writing graffiti on the conference room wall.

Third Squad detectives are also investigating the theft of an ATM from a McDonald's restaurant in New Hyde Park between 1 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Police said the day manager entered the restaurant, located at 2045 Jericho Tpke., at 6:30 a.m. and discovered that a large window on the west side of the building had been smashed open and a free-standing ATM, containing an unknown amount of cash, removed from the premises.

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

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