Thieves yank ATM from wall in Thailand
UNKNOWN culprits tried to steal from a Siam Commercial Bank automated teller machine by tying a rope round it and using a truck to pull it away from a pharmacy in Thalang district, Phuket, early on Friday.
However, the thieves did not get any money.
After reports of the attempted heist in tambon (sub-district) Sri Sunthorn at about 4am, police found the damaged ATM 5m from its original spot, with the rope still tied around it and evidence of an attempt to crack it open.
A gaping hole was left in the wall of the pharmacy where the ATM had been. The machine contained 2 million baht (S$80,000).
Police Lieutenant-Colonel Amnuay Kraiwutthi-anan said the authorities were looking at footage from security cameras in the area to try to identify the suspects.
The Thalang deputy superintendent added that a witness told the police that a Mitsubishi pick-up had left the scene and headed towards tambon Cherng Thalae. The police suspect that at least two people were involved.
After dragging the machine out, the culprits tried to break the machine open. But it took too long, so they gave up and fled.
THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK