Thieves excavate cash machine out of Belgian hospital

By Drum Digital
12 March 2015

Thieves in southern Belgium used a stolen excavator on Thursday to break into a hospital and steal its cash machine, local media reported.

The incident at the Andre Vesale hospital in Montigny-le-Tilleul occurred around 2 am (0100 GMT) and lasted just six minutes according to surveillance videos, the Belga news agency wrote. Patients and staff members were present within the building.

The excavator was used to smash open the entrance hall of the hospital, which is closed at night. The thieves, numbering at least four, then tore out the cash machine and loaded it on a pick-up truck before fleeing, Belga wrote.

Photos of the lobby showed extensive damage. The thieves left the excavator behind.

How much money was in the bank machine was not immediately clear, but the effort may have been for naught: the bank Belfius told Belga that the anti-theft mechanism in the cash machine appears to have been triggered, spraying ink on the banknotes.

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