Two held over cashpoint thefts

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Two men have been arrested by police investigating a cashpoint scam.

At least 25 people have fallen victim to the con at cashpoints across Hampshire in the past three weeks, including one incident at the Co-op in Havant Road, Drayton, Portsmouth.

Police made the arrests off of High Street, Southampton following a call from a member of the public who saw the men acting suspiciously.

The thieves had been placing a device with a sticky strip over cash dispensers, stopping the money from coming out so that customers would think the machines were faulty. The crooks would return later to remove the device and the cash.

Barclays Bank in Portswood Broadway was the most targeted location, with 23 incidents reported between the end of March and April 16 when a member of the public spotted the device.

A 30-year-old man from Essex and a 33-year-old man from Southampton have been arrested on suspicion of going equipped to steal. They are currently in custody.