Police hunt after cash machine robberies

POLICE today said they are not yet officially linking two robberies which took place just a day apart at a cash machine outside an Ipswich store.Officers said a decision will be made whether to link when statements have been obtained from the victims.

POLICE today said they are not yet officially linking two robberies which took place just a day apart at a cash machine outside an Ipswich store.

Officers said a decision will be made whether to link when statements have been obtained from the victims.

Both crimes took place at the cash machine near the Coop in Austin Street.

Officers believe the first robbery took place between 10.30pm and 10.45pm on Monday May 14.


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A police spokeswoman said: “A 20-year-old male attended the ATM near to the CO-OP to withdraw cash. While withdrawing money, a man held him around the neck from behind while another man tried to withdraw money from his account using his card.”

The withdrawal was unsuccessful and the men made off with the bankcard.

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The first man is described as dark skinned, 5ft 10 and of slim build. He was wearing a hooded top with the hood up, blue jeans and white NIKE trainers.

The second man is described as dark skinned, 6ft 2 and of stocky build.

The second robbery took place at 7.05am on Tuesday May 15.

The spokeswoman said: “An 18-year-old male attended the ATM near to the CO-OP to withdraw cash. While withdrawing money the victim was aware of a male cycling backwards and forwards passed him.

“As the ATM dispensed the cash the male threatened the victim, stole the cash and cycled off towards Vaughan Street.”

The man is described as black, about 17 to 20 years old, 5ft 10 with short Afro style hair. He was wearing a blue hooded top with a white logo, a dark blue/white bandana pulled over the lower half of his face and dark coloured jogging bottoms. He was riding a silver/grey mountain bike.

Anyone with information about either of these crimes should contact DC Ann Baker at Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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