Thieves rip out cash machine using stolen digger leaving gaping 12ft hole
- The thieves used a stolen digger to rip the cash machine from the wall
- They got away in a 4×4 truck in the early morning of August 2
- Police are searching for four men wearing balaclavas and hoods
- Took place in full view of CCTV cameras, but they were switched off
Brazen thieves ram-raided a bank using a stolen digger, ripping a cash machine from the wall and leaving a gaping 12ft hole.
Police are now searching for four men wearing balaclavas and hoods after they raided the Barclays branch in Long Sutton’s high street in Lincolnshire in the early morning of August 2.
The smash-and-grab gang ripped out the cash machine using a stolen four-tonne digger, which had been taken from a farm in Gedney, before loading it onto a 4×4 truck and speeding off, abandoning the Claas Teleporter digger.
Smash-and-grab: Thieves used this stolen four-tonne digger to rip out a Barclays cash machine, leaving a gaping 12ft hole in the bank’s wall
Despite taking place in full view of CCTV cameras, it is believed nothing was recorded as they were not switched on at the time.
Parish councillor John Clarey said: ‘I’m absolutely amazed a raid like that could take place in the centre of town when two CCTV cameras were on the bank wall.
‘What’s the point of paying out £2,000 on CCTV cameras if there’s nothing on the screen?’
Earlier this year Clr Clarey’s parish council temporarily stopped funding for the official camera scheme because they wanted to know if the cameras were actually working.
Full CCTV view: Police are searching for four men wearing balaclavas and hoods after they committed the crime in front of CCTV cameras which it has been revealed were not switched on at the time
The search comes as a gang which stole almost £700,000 from supermarket cash machines across the country by sawing into them with power tools were jailed in September.
The robbers, from the Midlands and Birmingham, used high-powered circular saws meant for cutting railway lines to remove the fronts of cash machines.
Over 14 months they robbed 33 supermarkets and homes.
They made their getaways in souped-up sports cars stolen to order which they used to outrun police at speeds of more than 150mph in daring night-time pursuits.