Police called to robbery at Pontprennau Waitrose

June 12, 2012 No Comments »

Robbers jumped security guards loading a cash machine at a Cardiff supermarket today and got away with an undisclosed sum of money.

Police were called to Waitrose in Croescadarn Close in Pontprennau at 11.40am after security guards re-stocking an ATM were set upon by a five or six-strong gang, leaving one man in hospital.

A group of men carried out the raid and escaped in a white van which has since been recovered by police.

Cash management firm Loomis confirmed one of the company’s vans had been attacked while staff were working at a cash point outside the Waitrose store.

Spokesman Carl Courtney said the van drivers had been left “shaken” by the incident.

“There was a five or six-man gang who jumped the Loomis van at an ATM at Waitrose in Pentwyn.

“They got away with some money, though we are not disclosing how much.”

He encouraged any witnesses or members of the public with information about the incident to contact South Wales Police.

A force statement said an incident had taken place at the Avenue Industrial Park area shortly before midday.

“A man was taken to the University Hospital of Wales following the incident in which a group of men targeted a cash machine and stole a quantity of cash. His injuries are not life threatening.

“The group of men left the scene in a white van which police have now recovered and are forensically examining.”

Waitrose manager Lucy Brown said: “This was a very frightening experience for everyone involved, but I’m proud how the team here responded.
“We immediately secured the entrance, called the emergency services and, as soon as the robbers left, attended to the security guard and shaken bystanders.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or saw a white van leaving the scene at around 11.45am today , can contact police on 101 or call
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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