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Thieves pilfer cash machine with a bang

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Thieves pilfer cash machine with a bang
Photo: Stralsund police
14:08 CET+01:00
A window rattling boom woke up residents of Elmenhorst in the eastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania early on Friday after thieves used explosives to boost a bank's cash machine.

Police from the nearby city of Stralsund reported two men in white overalls “deposited” a bomb at a cash machine. After the ATM exploded, the crooks picked up the money and fled in a small transporter that was parked directly in front of the bank.

There weren't many details known yet and police continue their investigation. ”We don't know much at this moment but specialists are working on it in the lab to find out what kind of material they used,” police spokesperson Officer Grotzky told The Local on Friday. “All we know yet is that it was quite a big boom.”

The front building of the bank suffered serious damage after the impact of the explosion burst windows and even curved some structural beams inside the bank building.

This isn't the first time thieves tried to get their hands on some money by blasting open a cash machine, according to police.

“People are very creative when, let's say, they don't have a bank card. It's usually a gang that does that kind of stuff,” said Grotzky.

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