As you sow so shall you reap” as the adage said, however for a group of thieves who spent 6 months digging a 100ft tunnel in a bid to steal a cash machine may only have stolen over less than £6000, sources said. That’s is how small they reap from their hard work this.

The incident happened in early January at Blockbuster in Fallowfield shopping precinct, Levenshulme, Manchester. But it was not their first time as sources cited that this was the second time the criminals, dubbed the ‘mole gang’, had tried to dig their way to the cash machine after an identical plot was foiled in 2007.

The thieves dig all the way underneath the road all through the road embankment and finally directly above the cash machine. It was hard work for them. Telescopes were installed and shovels must have been wearied out by digging the hard surfaces.

The passageway they have made was around 100ft in length and around 4ft tall. It had also been fitted with lighting and roof supports. More like in the “Law Abiding Citizen Movie” by Gerald Butler kind of tunnel.

Then the ‘mole gang’ drilled through more than 15 inches of concrete and stole cash from the ATM. The thieves made their getaway back down the tunnel. A source at the shopping precinct said: “There was just over £6,000 in the machine. It was only when security came to fill the machine back up that they discovered the hole.

It is understood the shop was closed last Thursday while the building was checked by a structural engineer to make sure it was safe.

Detective Sergeant Ian Shore, from Longsight CID, said: “In all my years of service, I have never seen anything quite as elaborate as this.These people had obviously spent a long time plotting this crime and I doubt they would have been able to keep their plans secret for all that time, without telling others about their scheme.

Abdul Malik Omar
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