December 9 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Thieves have stolen a cash machine from a Norwich bowling alley - throwing bricks at people as they fled.
Police are now appealing for witnesses to the ram raid at Namco Funscape in Bowthorpe at 8.30pm last night.
Two men wearing balaclavas went into the bowling alley on Barnard Road and removed the building’s ATM machine using a silver estate car.
The bowling alley’s automatic sliding doors have been damaged and disabled, suggesting that the cash machine was pulled out of its place by the car.
A police spokesman said: “The men were aggressive towards people in the building, throwing bricks at those present. They have then made off in the silver vehicle with the machine which contained approximately £12,000 in cash.
“An abandoned vehicle was found shortly after the incident near the scene. Investigations into this incident are ongoing.”
The bowling alley has been open as usual today and the damaged front doors have been left open, with warning tape marking off steps to the door.
Police are appealing for anyone who saw a vehicle driving at high speed or acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the theft, or any other witnesses who were in the Barnard Road area at the time.
Management from Namco Funscape have declined to comment about the theft.
Anyone with information can contact Norwich CID on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
- Were you at the bowling alley while the theft took place? Contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or firstname.lastname@example.org