Thieves Dig 100 Feet to Steal ATM

But cash machine contained 'limited funds' at time of theft
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2012 7:15 AM CST
Thieves Dig 100 Feet to Steal ATM
A gang of thieves in Manchester, England burrowed 100 feet to steal an ATM machine, but came away with just $9,200.   (Shutterstock)

Who says the work ethic is dead? Enterprising thieves in Manchester, England, dug a 100-foot-long, 4-foot-tall tunnel under a parking lot, then burrowed through 15 inches of concrete, all in order to steal an ATM machine. The scheme likely took up to six months and in the end it netted the thieves—well, just $9,200, reports the Telegraph.

The stolen ATM can hold up to $30,000, but it had only "limited funds" at the time of the theft, according to investigators. ''In all my years of service, I have never seen anything quite as elaborate as this," said one detective. The ATM was located in a Blockbuster video store in a shopping mall. A similar theft attempt was discovered at the same location four years prior, when a 40-foot tunnel was discovered; that tunnel was filled in with concrete. (More theft stories.)

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