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THIEVES TAKE $250,000 FROM AUTOMATIC TELLER MACHINE

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Bandits swiped more than $250,000 after breaking into a pair of automatic teller machines at a bank's branch office, police said Saturday.

The money was taken from a Chemical Bank branch in Manhattan sometime between closing Friday and Saturday morning, when bank security personnel discovered the break in, said Chemical spokesman Charles Salmans."We're still trying to determine the exact amount that was taken," said Salmans. Police Sgt. Ed Burns said more than $250,000 was reported missing.

There was no evidence of forced entry at the bank, said Burns.

"The machines are open and the money is gone," he said.

Chemical Bank has 120 cash machines in the city, and Salmans - while not providing any figures - said thefts from the machines are rare.