Thieves break into bank and steal cash from ATM in early morning raid

WATCH: Sparks fly as burglars force their way into bank ATM (CCTV video from Thames Valley Police)

Thieves broke into a high street bank in Oxfordshire in the early hours of the morning, making off with an unknown quantity of cash.

The gang forced their way inside the Santander branch on the High Street in Witney at approximately 1.40am on Sunday, 28 April, according to Thames Valley Police.

The men are believed to have broken into the ATM inside before making off with an unknown quantity of cash.

The blue Audi getaway car that detectives believe the gang used. Credit: Thames Valley Police

Detectives said four men were involved, with one waiting on the pavement outside while the other three burgled the premises. The trio arrived and left in a blue Audi RS3 car.

The raid has forced the bank branch to close to customers temporarily while the police investigation continues.

Detective Constable Paddy O’Grady, from Witney police station, said: “I’m appealing to anybody who witnessed this incident to please get in touch with Thames Valley Police.

"If you were driving and have dash-cam that may have captured the incident, please call us or make a report online."

CCTV images released by police appear to show cutting tools being used to break open the ATM. Credit: Thames Valley Police

DC O'Grady added: "Four people were seen to stop and talk to one of the offenders at the time. One of these has come forward, but I would urge the other three to please contact us, as you may have important information that can assist this investigation."

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting reference 43240194531, or the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The bank branch in Witney was reopened on Monday following the break-in. Credit: ITV Meridian

The Santander branch was closed following the incident but has since reopened to customers.

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