Villagers shocked by cashpoint raid
Thieves tried to steal machine in early morning robbery at bank
AN EARLY hours raid of a cashpoint at a bank has caused shock among the community.
Thieves tried to break into the cash machine at HSBC in St Peter’s Court, Chalfont St Peter, at what villagers have said was 3.20am on Tuesday.
Workers were fixing the front of the bank later that day and taking apart the cash machine, which was left hanging from the wall.
The Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad, which deals with bank heists and armed robberies, is looking into the crime, and it is not yet known if any money was taken from the cashpoint.
Rachael Bree, landlady of The White Hart opposite the bank, says she did not hear any noise from the attack.
She said: “We do not want that sort of thing happening in our village, it is not good for business.
“We are normally a nice little village. You just do not know what goes on in people’s minds.”
Villagers at The White Hart have suggested there were gas canisters involved in the break in which were placed to blow the machine off the wall while the front of the bank was also badly damaged.
Ian Convery of Wheelers Orchard took photographs of the aftermath.
He said: “It looks like the thieves underestimated the force to push the front through and it looks like they did not succeed. I’m guessing there were two or three of them but it looks like they were not very experienced.
“It seems like they were having a half-hearted attempt to break in and what they have achieved is a gross act of vandalism.”
Yvonne Cakebread, who works at Heaton Caffin Optometrists next door to the bank, said: “We had our window broken in prior to this by vandals. They put the waste paper bin through the window. This was serious though, pre-planned.”
The bank opened up for business the next day.
An ATM was similarly torn from the HSBC in Beaconsfield, in Penn Road, in October.
Police have not said the incidents are related.
ATTEMPTED RAID: Workmen try to repair the damage done on Wednesday morning