Burglars cut a hole through the roof of Abello’s Deli on Tokeneke Road in a midnight burglary in which they bashed apart an ATM machine and made off with $1,700, according to Darien Police Sgt. Jeremiah Marron.

Footage from a camera in the deli shows at least two suspects enter from above at about 12:15 a.m. on Monday, June 8, and break the cash machine off its floor bolts.

“They made a huge mess,” Marron said. “(Cutting the hole in the roof) took some time and probably made some noise. The hole was just big enough so someone could fit through.”

After breaking the machine free from its location, the thieves pulled it into a walk-in freezer and broke it apart using a sledgehammer or crowbar-like device, Marron said. Marron noted the walk-in freezer is out of the surveillance camera’s range, and that the thieves spent 40 minutes or more in the store in addition to the time cutting the roof, Marron said.

Police responded to an automatic alarm at the store at around 1 a.m. and assumed it was a false alarm when they found the doors locked, Marron said.

“They ended up triggering the alarm on the side door when it closed behind them,” Marron said. “When officers came to check the building it looked fine.”

At around 5:30 a.m. on Monday, deli workers arrived and discovered the ATM in the walk-in cooler, Marron said.

The crime follows a similar night-time incident at Duchess Patio Restaurant at 306 Post Road in Darien last month in which burglars targeted an ATM in the establishment, Marron said.

Anyone with information about the break-in should contact the Darien Police Detective Division at 203-662-5330.