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Thieves use wheel loader in cash machine heist

Thieves driving a wheel loader through the entrance of a supermarket near Gothenburg, in western Sweden, early on Friday morning, scooped a cash machine straight out of the wall before disappearing from the scene with their loot.

Thieves use wheel loader in cash machine heist

“A wheel loader has been driven straight through the entrance and a cash machine has been torn out of the wall. As it looks right now, the thieves have made away with the safe behind it,” said Johan Ljung of the local police to news agency TT.

The incident, which also caused a major water leak, occurred around 2.20am on Friday morning.

Shortly thereafter a police patrol noticed a speeding Renault heading towards Gothenburg. The car was later found abandoned about 25 kilometres from the crime scene.

“In the car we found an angle grinder which the offenders probably used to remove the case for the ATM”, said Thomas Fuxborg, spokesperson for the Västra Götaland police to Aftonbladet newspaper.

The area was searched with a K9 patrol without any results, and it is still unclear how much money was in the safe.

Police is now investigating the car and possible surveillance material that might be of use. They’re also looking for witnesses to the crime.

There are still no suspects, but police expect the number of offenders to be at least 2-4, according to Fuxborg.

A similar heist occurred just before midnight on Wednesday when masked thieves used a wheel loader as a battering ram to rob electronics giant Mediamarkt in Skövde, some 150 kilometres from Gothenburg.

And earlier this summer someone tried to pull out a cash machine in Gothenburg the same way, but without success.

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Teen girls tied to crime with pre-robbery selfie

Two teenage girls suspected of robbing a restaurant have been tied to the crime after police seized images from their phones showing the pair posing before a mirror wearing balaclavas and holding a knife.

Teen girls tied to crime with pre-robbery selfie

The two girls, who are cousins, are suspected of robbing a hamburger store in Halmstad, southern Sweden, in late March. During the robbery, the thieves had a large kitchen knife that they used to threaten the staff at the restaurant.

“Give me the money otherwise I’ll stab you,” they said, according to the restaurant chef account of the robbery, wrote the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“Calm down, I’ll open the till,” he responded.

The pair managed to get away with 2,420 kronor ($370), but were traced by police sniffer dogs back to their grandparents’ apartment, outside which a bag was found with the knife and balaclavas. The girls were arrested on the scene.

During the arrest, officers confiscated a phone on which they found pictures of the duo before the robbery wearing the balaclavas and holding the knife.

While the younger of the two girls is too young to be charged, her 17-year-old accomplice will stand trial on August 2nd. The seized pictures will be used as evidence against the teen, as will DNA traces taken from her balaclava.

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