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Theft plan goes up in smoke as bungling criminals fail to steal ATM from Tomsk supermarket

By The Siberian Times reporter
12 June 2015

They tied a rope to the cash machine after smashing supermarket window... but then it all went wrong. 

As they powered up the truck, a load of dry logs in the vehicle ignited in flames. Picture: Denis Shipilov

The Tomsk burglars looked the part in balaclavas and gloves, and at first everything went according to their bizarre plan as they lassoed a cable around a  Sberbank ATM, and  attached the other end to their GAZelle truck. 

Their aim was to rev up the vehicle and drag the cash machine out of the supermarket and down the street, as they made away with their money haul.

But the ATM refused to budge. Things got worse. 

As they powered up the truck, a load of dry logs in the vehicle ignited in flames.

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Robbery

Their aim was to rev up the vehicle and drag the cash machine out of the supermarket and down the street, as they made away with their money haul. Pictures: Denis Shipilov

The desperate criminals got out their sledgehammers to open up the ATM, but failed to access a single rouble. 

Defeated, they fled in an unknown direction leaving their burning truck.

'After failing to open up the ATM, the unknown criminals abandoned the crime site,' confirmed a police source. 

They are now being hunted. 

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Robbery

The desperate criminals got out their sledgehammers to open up the ATM, but failed to access a single rouble. Pictures: Denis Shipilov

Mikhail Grebennikov, head of Sberbank in Tomsk, said: 'The alarm didn't go off when [they] broke a window of the store and tried to drag out the ATM. 

'But they didn't consider that everything was deadly secured.'

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Comments (2)

Good that these highly-intelligent entrepreneurs did not try this stunt with an innocent patron using the ATM at night on an emergency withdrawal. With their luck, the innocent patron would have turned out to be a Martial Arts expert, or worse, a cop! ATM - One. Bandits - Zero! Ah, the sweet life of a bandit, with distant relatives in Las Vegas? Oh, noooo!

Norma Iris Montalvo (b. 1955)
Norma Iris Montalvo, OK, USA
18/06/2015 15:17
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Geniuses. I certainly hope that there is subservience cameras, watching all ATM machines in that country.
The same thing happened in Las Vegas a few years ago. A construction company owners son took a big loader, he hooked up and drove away with an ATM. He had used a water saw to break into the machine. He later dragged it down the road to the desert and dumped it, all while leaving a water trail, and a scratch mark on the road. (Another Genius) He made it easy for the police to find him.
Darwin, USA
12/06/2015 21:34
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