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Attempted theft of a 300-kilo ATM

Two men tried to steal an ATM from Klettháls branch of Landsbankinn bank in Reykjavík on Wednesday morning, but left it at the entrance.

The thieves managed to cut the 300-kilo ATM loose and push it to the entrance door. At that point the bank’s alarm went off, so the thieves fled the scene and left the ATM behind. Fréttabladid reports.

When a security guard arrived at the scene, the thieves were gone. He notified the police, which arrived around 8 am and investigated the crime scene. The whole episode had been recorded by a CCTV camera.

The theft seemed to have been a spontaneous decision as the men had not carried any tools. Haukur Thór Haraldsson, manager of the Landsbankinn Operations Division told Fréttabladid that the men seemed not to have known what they were doing.

Haraldsson said that ATMs are normally bolted to the floor, but due to special kind of flooring at the Klettháls branch, the ATM had not been fastened properly. Haraldsson added that ATMs in Iceland have usually been left alone.

Police told Fréttabladid that stealing ATMs is not wise, as not much money is stored inside them. Police in Reykjavík are investigating the case and expects to make an arrest soon.

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