Thieves use explosives to steal ATM cash box

Thieves used explosives to steal an ATM cash box from a Waterloo bank in the early hours of this morning.

The raiders – described as four young males in black clothing – made off in a black Audi after the blast.

The area where the explosion happened in St John’s Road close to the junction with Crosby Road North was cordoned off, with the badly damaged ATM clearly visible.

The Royal Bank of Scotland branch has been closed for a few years but the cash machine was still in use.

Police received a call at around 1.50am of four males attempting to steal the cashpoint.

Further calls reported an explosion and the suspects driving off in a black Audi, described as possibly an estate vehicle. The car has not yet been traced.

Officers and the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) attended the location and confirmed that a cashbox was stolen, and the area was made safe. Enquiries continue to carry out a full search, CCTV and forensic investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney said: “This incident highlights once again an extremely dangerous tactic in targeting ATM machines, which puts members of the public at serious risk.

“The techniques used by the men involved in this robbery were reckless in the extreme and it is only through good fortune that no-one was hurt.

“Police have had great successes in the past in targeting and bringing to justice ATM theft offenders and we will be relentless in identifying those responsible and bringing them to justice.

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Source: Liverpool ECHO