Three ATMs in Rhineland-Palatinate were blown up


At the weekend, three ATMs were blown up in Rhineland-Palatinate: In Olzheim, Mainz and Weißenthurm. So far none of the perpetrators has been caught.

According to the police, the ATM was blown up at the Schneifel service station in Olzheim (Eifelkreis Bitburg-Prüm) on Sunday night. The perpetrators then fled in a dark-colored VW Golf. The police asked not to take any hitchhikers with them in the Olzheim area, as several perpetrators may have fled on foot.

Blasting also in Mainz and Weißenthurm

Two ATMs had already been blown up by hitherto unknown persons on Saturday night. According to the police, the act happened in the upper town of Mainz at around 3:45 a.m. For technical reasons, no further details were disclosed.

In Weißenthurm (Mayen-Koblenz district), the perpetrators struck a few minutes beforehand. It is not yet known whether they have captured any prey. The police are hoping for evidence of witnesses. It is still unclear whether the acts are related.

This year, more than 30 ATMs were blown up in Rhineland-Palatinate. In the previous record year of 2018, there were a total of 26 cases. Since September 2019, the central investigative work for Rhineland-Palatinate has been taken over by the State Criminal Police Office and the Mainz Public Prosecutor’s Office.

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