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07 November 2009 :: 15:11:27 pm 8504

Attempted Atm Robbery On Uob Bank Branch On Sukhumvit Road Pattaya

Early on Saturday morning along Sukhumvit Road Pattaya, it was discovered that an attempted robbery of an ATM had occurred with the use of a home made explosive device.
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Pattaya, 7th of November 2009, (PDN): At approximately 5.30am on Saturday the 7th Police superintendent Ekadit Srimoon and his team from Pattaya police, Dong Tarn beach branch were alerted by security from the UOB bank branch on Sukhumvit road of an attempted ATM robbery. Police promptly attended the scene of the incident to investigate.

Arriving on the site, the police found that the ATM had obviously been damaged in several places and upon further examination it was evident that the robbers had used some form of pipe bomb in their attempted theft. Most notably the rear of the machine used by bank employees to deposit money into the ATM, had been severely damaged around the lock and the explosion had cause the rear door to be blown apart. On the front of the teller machine the card reader was also badly damaged, however this only looked to have received a blow from a blunt heavy object such as a hammer or crow bar. Although the ATM was severely damaged it was evident that the culprits were not professional thieves, due to their inability to actually penetrate the safe inside the machine, which is situated behind the rear door that was exploded open. The bomb used was home made possibly from PVC water piping and electricians tape.

The police interviewed a Mr. Pathonset Wisetsap age 40 from Buriram, one the 4 guards in front of the Underwater World who stated that there was nothing abnormal with the ATM machine up until 2.40am when they all heard the sound of what they presumed to be a car tyre exploding. They went out onto the Sukhumvit road to check for an incident but didn’t find anything unusual. They carried on with their rounds and after some time they discovered that the back door of the UOB ATM had been blown apart by what looked to be some sort of explosive device due to the debris and scorch marks that where evident on the ground, prompting them to notify police.

After photographs were taken and the evidence collected, police notified the banks manager of the attempted robbery and informed him of the damage that was done to the ATM, also asking him to provide the CCTV footage of the area in front of the machine. Further investigation and analysis will be conducted on the evidence retrieved from the scene in an attempt to catch the culprits.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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