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Hammer time: ATM attacker ID'd through facebook

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A man who took a decidedly low-tech approach to theft by using a hammer to smash his way to the cash inside an ATM has been caught thanks to social media.

According to the Nottingham Post, Colin Baker was caught on CCTV repeatedly hitting the screens of cash machines outside a Tesco supermarket store in the early hours of 19 February.

He then put his hands through the screens and tried, but failed, to pull out the £74,320 inside.

Police showed the CCTV footage to security staff, one of whom thought they recognised the culprit and confirmed his identity by using Facebook.

After being picked up by police, Baker pleaded guilty to attempting to steal and was due to be sentenced at Nottingham magistrates court yesterday. However, district judge Leo Pyle decided the seriousness of the offence warranted the case being moved to crown court, where a hearing is slated for 3 September.

Rebecca Meadows, in mitigation, called the attack an "unsophisticated effort", says the Post.

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