ATM frustrates thieves' best efforts(pix)

PATHUM THANI -- Thieves ripped an ATM machine from its mooring in front of a restaurant in Lat Lum Kaeo district early Monday morning, but despite their best efforts could not open it and fled empty handed.

  • Published: 31/12/2012 at 05:14 PM
  • Newspaper section: breakingnews

The attempted heist of the Siam Commercial Bank ATM occurred outside the Dee Pochana restaurant, located 300 metres from Wat Chedi Hoi, in tambon Ku Kwang at about 2.45am, police said.   

Police called to the scene found the heavily damaged ATM left on the road about five metres from its former position. Security cameras at the restaurant, and the ATM’s own camera, were sprayed with paint.

It is believed the thieves used a vehicle to tear the ATM from its base. The gang also laid home-made road spikes, made from housing nails and wooden planks, along 700 metres of the road leading up to the cash dispenser. 

The offenders tried to pry open the ATM to remove the cash box, which had around two million baht in it, but their best efforts failed, said Lt Col Kwanchart Jamjaras, investigation inspector at Ku Bang Luang police station.

Manas Khaokam, the restaurant’s owner, said there was no one on the premises at the time because all of his employees had gone for their New Year holiday.

Police are hoping to get pictures from cameras at a factory opposite the restaurant and learn more about the failed heist. 

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