Brazen thieves smash through bank in attempt to pull ATM machine out with VAN

Brazen thieves smashed through the front of a bank and tried to haul an ATM machine out with a van.

A stunned passerby filmed the dramatic scenes as the bungling robbery took place during the early hours of Monday, February 25.

The thieves are thought to have arrived in a van and mounted the kerb before smashing their way into the Halifax bank on Walsall Road, in Great Barr, Birmingham.

Once inside, raiders wrapped a chain and red strap around the machine before attempting to drag it away.

The aftermath footage shows a van – which has its rear wheels ripped from the vehicle – abandoned on the pavement and the ATM partially torn away from the bank.

It appears the raiders attached the chain to the rear axle – and it was ripped clean off.

They then fled the scene in a blue Audi, according to cops .

West Midlands Police confirmed they attended the scene and enquiries are ongoing.

A spokesman for the force said: "Police are investigating a burglary at Halifax Bank in Walsall Road, Great Barr shortly after 1am this morning (February 25).

"It is believed two men in a stolen white transit van attempted to steal the cash machine by ram raiding the bank.

"They failed and abandoned the van, which has now been recovered for forensics, before they fled in a blue Audi.

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