Masked Birmingham Robbers Make Unsuccessful Attempt To Steal Bitcoin ATM
A shocking video showing a group of masked robbers trying to raid a Bitcoin (BTC) exchange is currently being circulated online. The video which has already racked up a sizeable amount of views, shows a robbery attempt by the thieves, at The Bitcoin Exchange in Sparkhill, Birmingham, on Monday. The video was recorded by helpless onlookers and clearly shows three men hurry into the premises and also rush out.
The men, it appears, tried to make away with the company’s Bitcoin ATM by using a rope they had tied to their car, probably to pull out the ATM from where it was installed. However, the raid was unsuccessful as the attempt to pull the machine away triggered a very loud alarm which seriously unsettled the thieves, causing them to eventually abandon the robbery attempt. The incident happened at about 10 pm on Monday and according to the reports, the West Midlands Police have now opened an investigation into the incident.
The video was posted on Facebook with a caption that read: “Good morning Birmingham – let’s start the day off with a video of a robbery in Sparkhill last night” and reactions have been pouring since them. While some people simply expressed some surprise and shock, some others felt that the bystanders looked a little too uninterested in the event, suggesting that they could have tried to do something to thwart the robbery.
The video also shows the robbers making away with something that looked like toilet roll but seemed to be the rope they used in trying to pull out the ATM, adding to jokes being cracked by the online community.
The Bitcoin Exchange is owned and run by the CEO of S***coins Club, Adam Gramowski and recently, he’s come out to say that nothing was taken in the raid. According to him:
“As you can see, the thieves were spotted by our CCTV operator and were scared away by our countermeasures.”
He also added that:
“There are no BTC in the machine, they are being sent directly from our server. The robbers were after cash.”
Even though it has been confirmed that the business didn’t lose anything to the raid, an interesting theory has been put forward by someone who thinks the thieves may have actually made away with something valuable. According to Sammy Naseem:
“If it is a bitcoin bank then they may have taken paperwork containing ‘keys’ to access virtual Bitcoin accounts.”
If this could be an actual worry for The Bitcoin Exchange, Gramowski and his team would have to be really sure everything is intact.
This isn’t the first time a crypto business or trader has been the recipient of a robbery attempt. Back in February, 38-year old Tjeerd H. was attacked in his Drouwenerveen home in the Netherlands by criminals who pretended to be police.
Also, in January 2018, A Russian businessman while on holiday in Thailand was held by criminals who forced him to transfer BTC worth about $100,000 before he was left alone.