Seven arrested in connection with cash machine thefts

21 November 2018, 15:22

ATM cash machine

Seven people have been arrested following raids as part of a police investigation into a series of ATM burglaries.

Officers from Thames Valley Police, working alongside partners from Wiltshire Police, Gloucestershire Police, West Mercia Police, the National Crime Agency, South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) and West Midlands ROCU, conducted a number of early morning warrants. 

The warrants were carried out as part of Operation Shire, which is an ongoing investigation into cash machine thefts across Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire. 

In total, seven people were arrested. 

A 39-year-old man from Cheltenham arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle.
A 43-year-old man from Evesham arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle.
A 38-year-old man from Carterton arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle
A 31-year-old woman from Carterton arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
An 18-year-old man from Cheltenham arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle
A 53-year-old man from Evesham arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle
A 17-year-old boy from Faringdon arrested on suspicion of burglary 

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Jim Holmes, of Force CID based at Banbury police station, said: ''This was a Thames Valley Police-led series of warrants executed at several addresses across four counties, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Warwickshire. 

''The warrants are part of an investigation into cash machine raids. 

''We have recovered one confirmed stolen firearm, large quantities of cash, quantities of drugs, large quantities of suspected stolen car parts, suspected stolen jewellery and suspected stolen power tools. 

''Thames Valley Police is committed to preventing such offences, and we would urge anyone who has any information about any similar such raids to call us on our non-emergency number 101, or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.''