Cash machine robbers fled empty handed in Old Town

Waitrose High Street Old Town Eastbourne. Robbery from cash point/secuity van. April 30th 2013 E18055P
Waitrose High Street Old Town Eastbourne. Robbery from cash point/secuity van. April 30th 2013 E18055P

Robbers attempted to steal cash from a security van making a delivery at an ATM in Old Town on Tuesday (April 30).

This was the second robbery in Eastbourne on Tuesday, after the attack on the Post Office in Hampden Park earlier that day. However, police say they are not linking the two.

The Old Town incident happened at the cash machine outside Waitrose, High Street, at around 11.20pm.

Police are appealing for witnesses after two staff from the van were at the cashpoint at the supermarket when they were approached by two men who said they had a gun and demanded cash.

The staff refused to hand over the money and the men ran off towards the store’s car park area.

Local people heard the van’s alarm sounding with a recording which said ‘this vehicle is under attack, please call the police’.

Police officers were quicklyon scene. They cordoned off the area and scene of crime officers dusted the back of the cash machine for fingerprints.

One of the suspects is described as a white man, in his late 20s or early 30s and around 5ft 8’. He is said to be of slender build, with grey hair and was wearing a light coloured baseball cap, a grey jacket and light brown jeans at the time of the offence.

The other man is also white but in his mid-20s. He is described as being slightly taller than the first suspect at around 5ft 10 to 6ft, but of slender build. He was wearing a baseball cap, glasses with rectangular frames and a zip up jacket. He was carrying a black plastic drawstring bag.

Inspector Rachel Barrow said, “Both suspects may have suffered some facial injuries following a short struggle with the staff.

“We are appealing to anyone who recognises the descriptions of them or knows who may have done this to come forward.

“Officers from the neighbourhood policing team will be at the Waitrose store at the same time next Tuesday (May 7) in an attempt to jog any memories and to offer reassurance and advice to anyone who may have concerns.

“Cash in transit robberies are not uncommon, however many are also unsuccessful.

“The security measures in place present significant challenges to those offenders who choose this type of crime.

“On this occasion, the circumstances suggest that this was an opportunist attack with little or no planning and from which the offenders fled empty handed.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 ,quoting serial 0463 of April 30.