Two ‘brazen’ would-be robbers caused explosion at cash machine
MASKED offenders ‘pumped gas into an ATM’ before igniting it, causing an explosion at Barclays, Gerrards Cross on Saturday (July 21).
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after the attempted robbers caused significant damage to the ATM and the interior of the bank at around 3.20am.
According to police, offenders pumped gas into the ATM at the bank in Station Approach, before igniting it and causing an explosion.
Being unable to access any cash, the offenders then smashed a window and gained access to the bank, where they tried to force open the ATM cash safe door.
They were unsuccessful and climbed back out of the window and fled the scene.
The offenders were both male with their faces covered, and they were wearing dark clothing.
A spokesman for Barclays said: “I can confirm that an incident took place at our Gerrards Cross branch during the early hours of Saturday morning. We are helping the police with their enquiries.”
Investigating officer PC Paul Bridgeworth said: “This was a completely brazen attempt at stealing cash from the bank, and although the offenders were unsuccessful, they have caused considerable damage. It was the middle of the night, and so unfortunately the description of the offenders is vague, but I am appealing to anybody who was in the area of Station Approach at around 3.20am and who may have witnessed the offence to call 101, quoting reference number 43180222593.
“We are investigating this offence thoroughly, making house to house enquiries, and you may continue to notice an increased police presence while we investigate.”