Watch moment digger crashes into building society to steal cash machine
| Posted: July 13, 2017
Police have released CCTV footage which shows the moment thieves crashed a digger into the front of a building society to steal its cash machine.
The gang targeted the Nationwide branch in the centre of Ashby at 3am on Monday.
The footage shows the Bobcat telehandler emerge from a side street and align itself with the front of the shop.
The vehicle’s extended arm crashes through the window and, after at least three attempts, lifts the ATM out into the street. The driver’s accomplices then lifted the machine on to a waiting pick-up truck.
Police said the raid caused extensive damage to the building and left debris strewn across Market Street, which had to be closed for several hours as a result.
Detectives believe three vehicles were used in the burglary, a dark colored Audi, a silver pick-up and the Bobcat telehandler.
CCTV still shows the moment a cash machine is ripped from an Ashby building
Detective Constable Miranda Granger, who is leading the investigation, said: “The Bobcat was used to ram the front of the building in order for the suspects to remove the cash machine, which caused a significant amount of disruption.
“We have released the CCTV footage which clearly shows three vehicles in the area and the incident itself taking place.
“We are appealing for the public’s help to identify the vehicles and who was responsible.
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“If you have any information about the incident we would urge you to contact us.
“Did you see any suspicious activity in the area? Do you know anything about the incident?
“Regardless of how insignificant you think the information is, we want to hear from you.”