Thieves break into Sussex bank

A gang of thieves tried to cut their way into a cash machine inside a Sussex bank.

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Thieves try to cut open cash machine

A gang of thieves gained entry to a Rushington bank and tried to break into a cash machine.

The incident happened at 4am on Sunday 15th September, where the group were spotted on the roof of the Santander branch in Ash Lane.

A hole had been created in the roof and several people had entered the bank to try and open a cash machine inside.

The alarm was set off and security smoke was released.

When members of the public shouted at the group, they fled from the bank empty handed into cars nearby.

The vehicles were a white hatchback and a dark hatchback and the thieves were wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.

Anyone with information should contact 101.

This was an audacious attempt to steal from the bank that was thwarted by Santander's defences and the members of the public who challenged the thieves. We need to speak to anyone who saw the raid taking place or the thieves escaping. We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen people acting suspiciously around the branch in the days or weeks beforehand or who saw the getaway vehicles after they left The Street."

– DS Michelle Auger, West Sussex Priority Crime Team
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