WANTED: Sledgehammer-Wielding Suspect In Utica Dave & Busters Break-In

Money was stolen from a Make-A-Wish charity game

August 14, 2019 - 11:09 am

UTICA (WWJ) - Police say someone used a sledgehammer to break through a glass window into Dave & Busters in Utica. 

It happened at around 4 a.m. Wednesday, according to investigators, at the restaurant and arcade on Park Ave., in the area of Hall Rd. (M-59) and the Van Dyke Freeway (M-53).

Police told WWJ Newsradio 950's Mike Campbell the suspect busted into two ATMs and a video game that raises money to grant wishes to children with critical illness. 

"They had a video game assigned for Make-A-Wish," explained Det. Sgt. Gregory Morabito. "And there was a glass case where all the money that people would put into that game would go Make-A-Wish Foundation for sick kids to have, you know, a little fun, a little bit of recreation."

Officers remained on the scene late Wednesday morning, looking over security camera footage which shows a lone suspect in a hoodie, hammering open the ATMs and the game. 

At this time, Morabito said they believe they are searching for a lone white male in connection with the crime, but they're still working to figure out if he had an accomplice.

Police are not sure yet exactly how much money was taken. 

"I mean, it could've been $5; you're taking $5 away from a kid that is sick," Morabito said. "I've got a problem with that."

Anyone with information about this case can call Utica police at 586-731-2345.