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WATCH: Ram-raiders smash into West Bromwich shop

By Richard Guttridge | West Bromwich | News | Published:

These shocking pictures show the moment brazen ram-raiders smashed a truck into the front of a Black Country shop.

Crooks crashed their way into Nisa Local in West Bromwich, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

They had come for the cash machine but their attempts to steal it were thwarted when they found it was too heavy to drag away.

Dramatic CCTV footage showed the bungling burglars make several forlorn attempts to lift out the ATM machine before giving up. They ending up fleeing empty-handed but caused considerable damage.

WATCH the CCTV:

Dramatic CCTV shows ram-raiders fail to steal an ATM

The pick-up truck was reversed at speed several into the shop on Witton Lane, in what appears to have been a targeted attack. Once a big enough hole had been made in the shop front three men file into the shop. Material is then tied around the cash machine, but attempts to drag it out failed.

Police have launched an investigation into the raid which happened at around 11.15pm on Sunday.

Owner Sani Chopra arrived at work on Monday to find his shop ransacked.

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He said: "It was complete devastation in the shop. All the drinks from the fridge were everywhere, everything was scattered. I looked at the CCTV and was disgusted to see what had happened.

"It's very shocking the way they just came in and done everything. We work hard for our earnings and these people come in and just say we are going to take everything we can."

Mr Chopra estimates repairs could cost up to £10,000.

He added: "The entire shop front is going to have to change. The display board is made of glass and it has all shattered.

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"I have already started losing business. People are coming in to draw out cash and there's no cash available."

The raid on the Nisa shop comes after a travel firm in Tipton was targeted twice in a fortnight, while there have been reports of other shops being targeted in West Bromwich in recent weeks.

Mr Chopra said: "This needs to stop and we need to see some action otherwise it's just going to keep happening."

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Chief Reporter - @RichG_star

Chief Reporter for the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton.

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