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CCTV footage captures ram raiders smashing car into shop

Dramatic footage shows a trio of ram raiders smashing their way into a convenience store in Wednesbury, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

The car repeatedly reversed into Costcutter, in Crankhall Lane, at 3.45am this morning (Friday, January 25).

After ploughing the car into the shutters multiple times, they got out of the vehicle to see if they can get in.

They then got back in the car and took two more runs at the shop front, breaking the shutters and pulling down the ceiling, causing £20,000 worth of damage.

Within two minutes of getting into the shop, they were seen fleeing with the cash machine.

The raiders, who all had their hoods up, put the ATM in the boot before driving off with the boot open.

The clean up operation began in the early hours and despite the level of damage, the shop was open for business as usual this morning.

Jeet Dhal, whose dad owns the shop, said she got there just 10 minutes after it happened and police were already at the scene.

CCTV captures ram raiders smashing a car into a convenience store. Credit: BPM Media

It’ll be weeks before everything is fixed and replaced.

It’s a shame they’ve done this, it’s a shop for the local community, everyone buys things from here.

I hope it doesn’t happen again.

– Jeet Dhal, Shop owner's daughter
Cash Man in Spring Head, Wednesbury was targeted Credit: BPM Media

Meanwhile Cash Man in Spring Head, Wednesbury, was also targeted as was Bloxwich Express in Bloxwich Road, Willenhall.

Mappanapillai Selvaratnam, owner of Bloxwich Express, said his shop was hit at 1.25am but he stayed out of sight until police arrived.

I live upstairs, I heard a loud noise so I went to the window and could see five or six guys. They had a big axe and they smashed the windows.

Half the shutter was broken and on the floor and there was broken glass everywhere.

When they heard police they ran off. We haven’t fixed the damage yet but we are still open for business.

– Mappanapillai Selvaratnam, owner of Bloxwich Express

Police say they are not linking any of the incidents.