A chainsaw gang stormed a shop in Writtle, near Chelmsford Essex from where they managed to steal an ATM using crowbars and a chainsaw.
Police authorities were notified of the incident at around 11.30pm with reports that the cashpoint had been removed from a Co-op store in Bridge Street.
Reports from witnesses indicate that four men were seen wearing crash helmets, tracksuits and masks outside the shop in Writtle. The men were also reported to have been carrying a chainsaw and a crowbar. A loud bang was heard and extensive damage was also caused at the shop’s shutter.
Witnesses reported that the men left the scene in a Ford Focus as they headed towards Chelmsford. The thugs also left a grey Ford Transit van at the crime scene, leading to more speculation as to what intention they had in mind.
ATM burglaries are not hard to come by as three men were charged with stealing £18,000 from a cash machine on the 15th of March 2017. Robert Flint, 25, of Queen Elizabeth Drive, Stanford-le-Hope, were charged with breaking in to the Co-Op, in Stanford-le-Hope High Street, with two other men on January 21, 2016.
Jamie Johnson, 26, of Littlebury Green, Basildon, and Joshua Lloyd, 21, of Oak Green Billericay, were also charged with the offence. The three were alleged to have stolen the cash from the shops' ATM.
Elsewhere, a patriarch of a crime family has been jailed for 14 and a half years for leading attacks in which he tried to blow up cashpoint machines with welding gas.
Identified as Robin Vaughan, the daring thug traveled to Devon in England where he tried to target two ATM machines which he tried to blow out of the wall by pumping them full of high pressure oxy-acetylene gas. Vaughan intended to ignite the gas using a spark from a car battery, but it failed when the first cashpoint did not blow up and the other was damaged but not breached.