Moment bungling thieves try to steal ATM then raid Co-op for booze

A bungling group of burglars tried to nick an ATM after ram-raiding a Co-op supermarket with a truck, only to be foiled by how heavy the cash machine was.

In the clip, four masked crooks ram through the front doors of a Co-Op in Kilkhampton, Cornwall, before tying stolen crane slings to the cashpoint and the Ford Ranger's rear bumper.

Their efforts to drive the 4×4 off and dislodge the bolted-down ATM failed when one of the slings snapped.

Next, the gang tried to raid the store’s tills and cigarette counter before fleeing with a limited haul of alcohol and vaping liquid, dumping the 4×4, and returning to Liverpool, Cornwall Live reports.

Detectives quickly linked all three burglaries and, through CCTV, forensics, and the recovery of items, were able to identify potential suspects.

Anthony Cahill, 35, of Kirby in Liverpool, admitted conspiracy to commit burglary and was on Thursday January 14 sentenced to four years in prison by judge Simon Carr at Truro Crown Court.

His three accomplices remain at large since the crime on June 28 last year and detectives are appealing for information that could help bring them to justice.

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Detective Constable Andrew Colley said: “This was clearly a well-organised and maliciously-planned crime.

“The culprits researched the locations and the layout of each, identifying what they needed in order to remove the ATM from Kilkhampton, and took various precautions to avoid detection and identification.

“The group caused significant losses and disruption to a local business.

“I would like to take this opportunity to reach out to anyone who may hold vital information in bring the remaining three suspects to justice.

“Please contact [email protected] quoting CR/057432/19 or you can also give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“Devon and Cornwall Police will always deal robustly with those who mistakenly believe that our area is an easy target for such offending.”

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