Cashpoints in Essex have been ‘significantly damaged’ after an explosion occurred during a theft attempt. An ATM in Witham, Essex, was significantly damaged by an explosion on March 22 and another was also targeted in Laindon, Essex, after an attempt to access the machine using an explosive failed.
No cash was taken during either of the attempted thefts. The attempted cashpoint theft in the Halifax branch on The Newlands, Witham, saw a large police cordon after the ATM was ripped out of the wall in the early hours of that morning.
Weeks later, on April 11, another targeted theft attempt occurred at a Tesco store in Laindon, Essex. Four men have since been arrested in connection with the incidents.
During the early hours of this morning (April 29), a 29-year-old man from Colchester, a 33-year-old man from Romford and a 42-year-old man from Woodford Green were arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft. A 36-year-old man from Ilford was later arrested on suspicion of the same offences.
The men remain in custody for questioning. A number of items have been seized from addresses in Colchester, Romford and Woodford Green which are forming part of Essex Police’s investigation.
A spokesperson at Essex Police said: “Four men have been arrested in connection with our investigation into two attempted thefts from ATMs.
“Officers from our serious and organised crime unit are investigating incidents which took place in Witham and in Laindon. Four men have now been arrested as part of the operation.”
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