CRIME

ATM Exploded By Thieves At British Gas Station (VIDEO)

04/03/2013 12:49 pm ET

A 26-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly blowing up an ATM at a gas station in southern England on Easter Sunday.

Officers were called to a Texaco station around 4 a.m. after a neighbor reported hearing a loud bang. When they arrived, they found the cash machine outside had been blown open and all the money had been removed, according to the Daily Echo.

Security footage of the explosion shows three men dressed in black picking up handfuls of cash which was scattered across the ground by the blast.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, was arrested on suspicion of theft and causing an explosion likely to endanger life or property, Metro reported.

The exact amount taken is still undetermined.

The gas station owner was, figuratively, blown away by the bomb's devastation.

"You know, I was so shocked and I come, you know, (it's) unbelievable," the owner said, according to ClickOrlando.com.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Murray said that while no one was injured in the blast, the explosions were similar to a rash of robberies taking place in Europe.

"We are aware of crimes of this nature occurring in mainland Europe which have had serious consequences and our advice to anyone using [an ATM] is to be extremely vigilant of any suspicious activity nearby," he said, according to This Is Somerset.

He advises citizens to examine all ATMs before touching and to call authorities if they see any suspicious activity ior if any wires or cables are running from the machine, Geobeats.com reported.

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