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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 March, 2005, 19:47 GMT
Gang link theory after cash raids
Cash machine
The gang has made off with tens of thousands of pounds
Raids at a dozen cash machines which have netted a six-figure sum over the past month may have been the work of the same armed gang, police have said.

Thieves broke into six cash dispensing machines in Glasgow and Lanarkshire within five hours on Wednesday morning.

It follows similar thefts at the beginning of February and March.

Strathclyde Police are examining CCTV footage of the masked men and have warned that they may be dangerous. Officers have appealed for witnesses.

After two of the incidents, a silver-grey car was seen near the scenes.

CASH MACHINE RAIDS
10 February, 0120 GMT: Brewers Fayre, Springcroft Drive, Baillieston
10 February, 0250 GMT: Spar shop, Braehead Road, Cumbernauld
10 February, 0410 GMT: Black Bear restaurant, Glasgow Zoo
4 March, 0145 GMT: Road Chef, M74 southbound, Bothwell
4 March, 0205 GMT: Spar, Patchy Park, Larkhall
4 March: Road Chef, M74 northbound
16 March, 0040 GMT: Co-op, Cumbernauld Road, Chryston
16 March, 0135 GMT: Airdrie Savings Bank, Glasgow Road, Baillieston
16 March, 0230 GMT: Bank of Scotland, Trongate, Stonehouse
16 March, 0310 GMT: Lloyds TSB Bank, Mearns Road, Clarkston
16 March, 0320 GMT: Bank of Scotland, Stonelaw Road, Rutherglen
16 March, 0525 GMT: McDonalds Restaurant, Queensway, East Kilbride

Police said three men were seen in the vehicle but no descriptions were available.

Detective Inspector Ricky Mason, from the Serious Crime Squad, said: "Although enquiries are at a very early stage, I cannot rule out the possibility that these incidents are all linked and that it is the same men responsible.

"These thefts have been well planned and carried out by experienced individuals who would appear to know what they are doing.

"CCTV footage has been examined from some of the scenes and on each occasion, the men are masked and carrying weapons.

"Fortunately, no member of the public has came into contact with the suspects when the crimes have been committed, however, I would stress that these men could be dangerous if confronted and I would urge members of the public not to approach them."

The vehicle used by the suspects on Wednesday was a silver Audi stolen from the Stepps area.

It was found burnt out in Fullarton Lane, Tollcross, shortly afterwards.

The incident room for the team investigating the raids will be based at Motherwell Police Office.


SEE ALSO:
Spate of thefts at cash machines
17 Mar 05 |  Scotland
Raid gang net more than 25,000
11 Feb 05 |  Scotland
Cash machine crime warning
04 Nov 04 |  Scotland
Warning over cash card scam
19 Feb 03 |  Scotland
Robot 'vandal' tackles ATMs
29 Apr 02 |  Scotland


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