£5,000 reward to help catch burglars who ripped ATM from shop wall

PUBLISHED: 13:11 15 August 2012

The scene at Huttons the morning of the raid

The scene at Huttons the morning of the raid

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A REWARD of up to £5,000 is being offered as the hunt steps up for burglars who attempted to rip a cash machine from a shop wall.

Burglars ripped the cash machine from the wallBurglars ripped the cash machine from the wall

The money is being offered by Crimestoppers and LINK, which runs the UK’s cash machine network, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the two men responsible.

The audacious raid took place at 3am on Wednesday, April 18 at Huttons newsagents in Marsden Road, WGC.

Two men in boiler suits drove a Manitou forklift truck into the shop and tore the ATM machine away from the wall.

Though the burglars failed in their aim to steal the cash machine, the shop has suffered as a result of their attempt.

Damage was caused to the shop’s shutters, canopy, windows and the machine itself.

Graham Mott, from LINK, said: “We’re urging the public to come forward with any information they may have about this cash machine crime.

“Even something that may sound insignificant could be part of a bigger picture and prove invaluable.”

Ann Scott, of Crimestoppers, said: “This was a selfish crime which has left the owners of this local corner shop with several thousands of pounds worth of damage to their property and the machine.

“The sheer noise this attempt would have caused during the early hours of the morning would have been very audible to those living in the surrounding areas of Marsden Road.

“If you heard or saw anything, please call us.”

The reward of up to £5,000 is offered to anyone who provides information through the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 number that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Callers do not have to give their name or personal details and will not have to give a statement or go to court.


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