Two ‘brazen’ would-be rob­bers caused ex­plo­sion at cash ma­chine

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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