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Police foil London ATM hijackers

27 July 2009  |  7799 views  |  1 ATMs -- Barclays.  Crop of ATM1.jpg

Police have arrested three men accused of using a lorry with a mechanical arm to rip an ATM from the wall of a Barclays bank branch in London.

The men allegedly used the grabber arm to hoist the cash machine onto the back of the lorry at the Golders Green branch in the early hours of Saturday.

Detectives from the Flying Squad were lying in wait and chased the lorry for around four miles before it was eventually stopped and the 39-year-old driver arrested.

During the chase, the driver rammed several police vehicles and two officers suffered minor injuries.

Meanwhile officers arrested two men in a white transit van parked near the bank. All three have now been charged.

DCI Harry Hennigan, Flying Squad, Finchley, says: "We are delighted with the successful conclusion of this operation which has led to three arrests and the recovery of the ATM."

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A Finextra member
A Finextra member | 27 July, 2009, 16:17

This is a hillarious example of why I believe identity fraud will continue to be so prevalent: with 6 billion people in the world, simply the easiest method to commit fraud must neccasarily be to impersonate an unwitting accountholder, rather than resort to brute-force methods. 

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