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Witness Appeal: Cash Machine Theft – Gulf Filling Station, Bootle

January 2, 2013, 12:32 pm

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after thieves stole a large amount of cash from an ATM in Bootle in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Patrols were called to the Gulf filling station and adjoing Londis store in Dunningsbridge Road shortly before 1am after an employee found the free-standing cash machine had been damaged and cash stolen.

A white Mercedes Sprinter van. which is believed to have been stolen from the south Liverpool area, was found abandonned at the scene and the offender or offencers fled on foot.

The van and the damaged ATM are being forensically examined and detectives are trawling through CCTV from the garage and the surrounding area to see if the offenders can be traced.

They are appealing for anyone who was in the Dunningsbridge Road area shortly after midnight on New Year’s Eve going into New Year’s Day and who may have seen anyone on foot or in a white van acting suspiciously to come forward.

Detective Chief Inspector John Roberts said: “A large amount of money has been stolen and a local business has been damaged by this theft so we are doing all we can to catch the offenders. There will have been more people still up or out and about between midnight and 1am than usual due to the New Year celebrations and I am sure this incident will have been witnessed by someone.

“Also, whoever has stolen this money may attract other people’s suspicions when they try to spend it. I would appeal to anyone out there with information that could help us to call Sefton CID or Crimestoppers if they prefer to remain anonymous.”

Call Sefton CID on 0151 777 3055 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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