Raiders who stole cash machine from bank blocked gates to police station in bid to delay officers
PUBLISHED: 14:57 13 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:18 13 September 2018
The gates to the police station in Saffron Walden are understood to have been chained shut by thieves who stole a cash machine from Halifax this morning (Thursday), in an effort to prevent officers from getting to the scene.
A cash machine was stolen from Halifax, in King Street, at about 1.45am and police are appealing for information.
The Saffron Walden Reporter understands the raiders chained the gates to the police station, in London Road, shortly before a JCB was used to smash through the glass-fronted bank.
A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We are investigating the incident at Halifax and the obstruction of police gates at Saffron Walden police station as linked incidents. We believe they were targeted and well planned crimes set up for the quickest possible escape.
“Our officers managed to get to the scene within five minutes and searched the area for the vehicles described without success.
“We have since being reviewing CCTV, we have spoken to a number of witnesses and we are sharing intelligence with border forces with the aim of bringing the perpetrators to justice.”
The raid follows similar attacks at Aldi and the Lord Butler Leisure Centre, in Saffron Walden, in August, and at the Co-op, in Stansted, last week.
The police spokesman added: “We believe up to five suspects used a JCB digger to pull the machine free before it was loaded into a white van.
“We have also received reports that two other vehicles, a silver and white car, were with the van as it left the scene. We searched the area with assistance from the police helicopter but were unable to find the vehicles described.
“We are carrying out enquires at the scene and would like to hear from anyone who has information, CCTV or dash cam footage to contact Braintree CID on 101 quoting incident 82 of 13/09.”
You can report information online by visiting www.essex.police.uk/do-it-online or you can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 1111.