Theft of ATM leaves a hole in the wall

In a technique more suited to the rugged terrain of Crete than the upmarket Athens neighborhood of Nea Erythraia, a gang of robbers yanked a cash machine out of a car dealership early yesterday and made off with its contents. The incident occurred early in the morning when, according to witnesses, at least three men used a truck to smash their way into the car dealership before tying a rope around the ATM and then attaching it to the vehicle. Police said that the robbers dragged the cash machine for about 100 meters before loading it on the truck. Witnesses said the robbers also had a car. This method of stealing cash was popular in Crete in 2007, when about a dozen ATMs were literally ripped out of banks, netting criminals hundreds of thousands of euros. It is not known how much money was in the cash machine stolen yesterday.

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