Police: Tesco ATM may have been third target of 'mole gang'

March 20, 2014 at 5:02 PM
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ECCLES, England, March 20 (UPI) -- British police said they are looking into whether the "mole gang" that used a tunnel to steal an ATM was behind two similar crimes.

Police said the thieves dug a 50-foot underground tunnel and used the hidden passageway to steal an ATM from the Tesco store in Eccles, England, the Manchester Evening News reported Thursday.

Investigators said they are looking into whether the "mole gang" was behind a pair of similar crimes in the Greater Manchester area.

Police said construction workers discovered a 40-foot tunnel in a shopping district in August 2007 and investigators determined the criminals were planning to use the tunnel to steal an ATM from a Blockbuster Video store, which was located 15 feet from the end of the tunnel.

The tunnel was filled with concrete, but thieves used a 100-foot tunnel in January 2012 to get into the same Blockbuster store and make off the ATM.

Police said the Tesco tunnel is only eight miles from the previous tunnels. The earlier crimes remain unsolved.

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