ATM raid in early hours

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE - ISAAC ASHE hinck­ley­[email protected]­

RAM-RAIDERS us­ing an in­dus­trial ve­hi­cle smashed into a town build­ing so­ci­ety be­fore dawn on Mon­day to steal its cash ma­chine.

A cor­don was put in place in the mid­dle of Earl Shilton from 5.20am af­ter an at­tack on the Na­tion­wide build­ing so­ci­ety in The Hol­low.

Roads were shut off in the cen­tre of the town in­clud­ing The Hol­low, Wood Street and Sta­tion Road.

The cor­dons were lifted at about 9.30am, but the dam­aged build­ing frontage re­mained closed off by po­lice.

A tele­han­dler ve­hi­cle was left aban­doned at the scene and three ve­hi­cles were re­ported to have been seen leav­ing shortly af­ter the raid.

A po­lice spokesman said: “En­quiries are on­go­ing to iden­tify those re­spon­si­ble for the theft. No ar­rests have been made at this time.

“An alarm was ac­ti­vated at a build­ing so­ci­ety in The Hol­low shortly be­fore 4.15am. Of­fi­cers at­tended and it was es­tab­lished the ATM had been re­moved from the wall us­ing a tele­han­dler, which was left at the scene. It (the cash ma­chine) has since been re­cov­ered by po­lice.

“Three ve­hi­cles were seen leav­ing the area and, fol­low­ing po­lice en­quires, these ve­hi­cles, along with the ATM, were found nearby.

“En­quiries are on­go­ing to iden­tify those re­spon­si­ble for the theft. No ar­rests have been made at this time. All roads in the area have been re­opened, but a cor­don re­mains in place at the build­ing so­ci­ety.

“Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call 101, quot­ing in­ci­dent 53 of 17 De­cem­ber.”

A spokesman for the build­ing so­ci­ety said: “We are aware of an in­ci­dent at our Earl Shilton branch.

“This hap­pened in the early hours and no Na­tion­wide em­ploy­ees or mem­bers were in­volved. We are li­ais­ing with the po­lice as they carry out their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“Re­pair work is un­der way and we hope to open the branch again as soon as pos­si­ble.”

CRIME SCENE: The tele­han­dler at the scene around dawn and, right, the dam­age to the build­ing

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