Former Abbey workers pinch £120,000 in ATM scam

Former Abbey workers pinch £120,000 in ATM scam

Two former workers at an Abbey branch in London managed to steal more than £120,000 from cash machines by stuffing wads of notes down their trousers.

According to press reports, the scam took place at Abbey's branch in Hammersmith where assistant manager Simeon Andrews, 24 and personal banker James Hollywood, also 24, stole money from ATMs between January 2007 and June 2008.

After taking wads of cash from the machines the pair would sneak off to the toilets and split the proceeds. The amounts stolen each time ranged from £500 to £10,000.

They were caught when bank investigators installed hidden cameras by two of the cash machines.

Pamela Reiss, prosecuting, told the court that the footage shows the two men stealing and at one point "money was being stuffed down trousers".

Both men have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal and have been remanded in custody until sentencing.

In a separate incident, two security guards had to be rescued by fire crews after becoming trapped in an ATM they were re-filling in Erdington, near Birmingham.

Reports say that while the pair were re-filling the cash machine, the door of the ATM swung shut and locked them both inside the unit.

Fire crews used heavy-duty cutting equipment to take off the door and free the men.

Two Abbey workers trousered £120,000 - This is Money

Security guards trapped inside cash machine in Erdington - Birmingham Mail

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