Unexpected item: ATM thieves burrow into Tesco
Gang spends months digging 15m tunnel under shopping centre before robbing ATM
Undated handout photo issued by Manchester police of a tunnel that was dug by thieves from nearby wasteland into the Tesco on Liverpool Road, Eccles in Salford. A significant amount of cash was taken from an ATM during the theft on Friday March 14th. Photograph: PA
The entry to the tunnel dug by thieves under a Tesco outlet in England. Photograph: PA
Thieves in England dug a 15 metre tunnel under a shopping centre to steal thousands of pounds sterling from a cash machine.
Police believe the gang may have spent months digging the “complex” structure to get at the cash at a Tesco store in Eccles, Salford, in the greater Manchester area.
They tunnelled beneath nearby wasteland and under the shop before raiding the store in Liverpool Road between midnight and 6am last Friday, March 14.
They then stole cash boxes containing a “substantial” sum of money before disappearing back through the tunnel with the cash, police said.
Officers said they believe the thieves may have spent a number of months digging the tunnel, because of the amount of planning that was involved and complex nature of the tunnel structure.
Detective Superintendent Mark Toker said: “These people had obviously spent a long time plotting this crime and I doubt they would have been able to keep their plans secret for all that time, without telling others about their elaborate scheme.
“The offenders must have spent long periods of time in the area over the last few months, which people may have noticed.
“You may have seen people acting suspiciously on Friday night, possibly covered in soil.
“I would ask anyone with any information about the robbery to call us as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5353 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.