CrimeOldham

Thieves blew up an ATM machine inside a store

The event took place on King Street in Delp on Wednesday night.

Police are asking for witnesses after an armed gang blew up an ATM machine.

The gang stole a ‘substantial amount’ of money in the event.

The event took place on King Street in Delp on Wednesday night.

According to the police statement, three masked men had broken into the shop on King Street in Delp just before 11.20 pm. After that, the gang used an ‘explosive device’ to blow up an cash machine inside the store.

After the blowup, they ran away from the store with a ‘substantial amount’ of cash towards Oldham town centre.

They caused serious damage both inside and outside the store.

All there man was wearing dark hoodies, face masks and gloves at the time of the robbery.

No arrested have been made, and investigations are underway.

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Det Con Sarah Hay, from Greater Manchester Police’s Oldham district, said: “This was a carefully planned and brazen attack in which the offenders showed complete disregard for the property before making off with a quantity of cash.

“We are appealing for anyone who may have any information about this burglary, or anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed anything suspicious to please contact police as soon as possible.”

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According to a witness at the scene, he heard a loud sound before seeing the men loading cash into an Audi S3.

The witness said: “I saw them going in, one guy outside on look out. There was a loud bang where they have blown up the cash machine, and then they were throwing money into the car.

“It was on the high street, so a lot watched from the windows and called the police.

“They’d been gone a good 10 minutes before the fire engines arrived and probably 15 before the police.

“The police were called as it was in progress by numerous people and there was cash on the floor as they drove off,” he added.

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