SAYREVILLE - ATM bandits have struck again, carting off another cash machine in what police say is just one of a dozen robberies across three counties.

The latest incident took place early this morning in Sayreville where police say a crew of bandits smashed its way inside Shoppers Express on Ernston Road. They say the group took money and cigarettes from behind the counter and carried off the ATM machine by the front door.

Sayreville police suspect it's the same group that hit the nearby Raceway gas station two weeks ago, making off with the register drawer and the cash machine in less than a minute.

Police say they are also seeing strikingly similar crimes in Union and Essex counties.

Anyone with information is urged to call Sayerville Detective Richard Belotti at 732-525-5413.