ATM theft suspects held

Crime news
Crime news

A 27-YEAR-OLD man was arrested in Newton-le-Willows following a string of cash machine burglaries across the country.

He was one of six suspects detained by police following the search of a Newton-le-Willows address and raids at addresses in Huyton, Norris Green and Coventry.

All six men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary and causing explosions following more than 30 ATM burglaries and attempted burglaries.

One of the successful burglaries was carried out at the Natwest Bank in Eccleston Street, Prescot, in the early hours of September 12.

Det Supt Chris Green said: “The arrests are the culmination of a thorough and complex investigation into crimes involving thefts of and thefts from cashpoint machines in North West and central England.

“Officers from the specialist Matrix team have been working with officers from the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit and the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (Titan), to identify those responsible.

“We have used all the resources available to us, including technology and forensics, as part of our investigation.”

He added: “Some of the techniques used by offenders in these crimes are extremely dangerous and we are fortunate that no-one has been hurt.

“The people who commit this type of offence are motivated by greed and want to line their pockets, but if they think they can get away with this on Merseyside they can think again.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0151 777 5687 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.