"The BBC notes that the perps are from an unspecified "neighbouring country", but resident in Moscow."
USA perhaps? As Sarah Palin can apparently see Russia from Alaska.
Two men including a suspected sumo wrestler were cuffed after bodily lifting a cash machine from a Moscow shop, the BBC reports. The pair's heist plan was simple enough: walk into the premises on Marshal Fedorenko Street, rip the machine from its mounts and rely on the sumo-wrestling half of the gang to carry the 90kg ATM on …
Will someone please tell me why cash machines do not contain a dye bomb, prevented from release by a cable attached to the building? This has long been a feature of attache cases containing bearer documents or cash, attached to the courier's wrist. Snatch the case, and both contents and snatchers are instantly soaked with indelible violet dye.
After a few raiders discovered the hard way that all you get is un-spendable purple-stained banknotes, a bill for new clothes, and a need to stay out of the public eye until their purple-dyed skin is shed, then no-one would ever bother a cash-machine again.
What have I missed?
the possibility of a power failure. On the other hand perhaps the thing could have been bolted to the building in a slightly stronger way.
Bye the way all Russian cars (of to day) have tinted windows and driving around without number plates only shows you are an important person working either for the mob or the police.
How often do you think bank staff *won't* accidentally trigger the dye pack when loading the machine?
The machines have multiple (sealed) cash cartridges. The dye-pack would need to be in each cartridge. The cartridge must be removable from the machine to be reloaded, and could be taken far from the machine legitimately to refill it in a more secure area. Yeah, I might have had the job of reloading them when I worked for the bank 20+ years ago.
So a nice idea, but not practical due to the usual fleshly fallibility.
Much easier would be to tether the bugger with a nice large cable, solid metal bolting to secure the cable inside the secure cabinet and a solid anchor point for it to loop through on the ground. Smaller machines couldn't then be carted away (tbh 90KG isn't that hard to lift and move on your own anyway), and the larger ones can't be lifted and draged by fork lifts.
Car with tinted windows and no number plates? Could they be any more obvious? Bet the damn thing was black as well.
They've seen too many films no doubt. Or read too much Tom Clancy, if that's allowed in Moscow.
Black helicopters because you can bet they won't be black any more in real life...