Watch thieves rob ATM machine at gas station by blowing it up

Posted Apr 2, 2013 by JohnThomas Didymus
Surveillance footage captured the moment thieves stole cash from an ATM machine in a UK gas station by blowing it up using a homemade explosive device. Fortunately, the explosion did not cause a conflagration.
ATM machine blown up
ATM machine blown up
Police are wondering why the thieves picked such a dangerous spot to detonate an explosive device.
The surveillance video shows the moment the cash machine was blown to pieces by the explosion in the pump area of a Texaco filling station in Weyhill, England. The incident occurred on Sunday at about 4 a.m. The explosion could easily have ignited the the fuel pumps and the fuel stored underground at the station and caused serious injuries and even death.
Neighbors said they had a loud bang that shook homes.
According to the NY Daily News, Hampshire Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Murray, said that instead of a robbery his officers could have been dealing with serious injury or death. The Daily Mail reports Murray said: "Although this was a relatively contained explosion and fortunately no-one was injured, the unpredictable nature of this type of offence means we could easily have been dealing with serious injury or death."
Hampshire Police said they have released the images as a warning to others thieves who may be contemplating setting off explosive devices in gas stations. Police warn that operations such as this could cost lives.
The officer said: "Our priority is to keep the public safe and by showing this CCTV footage, we hope it highlights how potentially dangerous an explosion of this type can be."